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Labour Day, celebrated on the worksite

21 Henkel Volunteers from Germany  will work on Habitat for Humanity site to help four families in need to have a decent home

A team of 21 Henkel volunteers will celebrate 1st of May through work to help four low-income families to have a decent home. The volunteers will spend five days on Habitat for Humanity’s site in Cumpăna, Constanţa County, and will work together with the partner families more than 600 hours. With the support of Habitat for Humanity’s specialists, the volunteers will work at the interior and exterior insulation, build the interior walls, plastering, sanding, etc.

One of the houses on which the volunteers will work is the future home of the Halichia family. Nadia (28 years old) and George (28 years old) are struggling to offer their little boy, Alexis (one year old), a decent home to grow and enjoy childhood. The young family is living in one room of only 16 square meters in George’s parents apartment. Despite the fact that Nadia and George are working hard since they were 16 years old, their income is too small to cover their daily expenses and to afford them to buy a home of their own.

Henkel supports families in need of a home in Romania for the fourth consecutive year. In 2015 and 2016, several teams of Henkel volunteers helped build eight homes in Ploieşti and, in 2014, 20 volunteers raised in only five days a home for a mother with five children from Corlăteşti, Prahova County.

Through the project “Building for the future”, developed in partnership with the Cumpăna City Hall, Habitat for Humanity Cumpăna is building 20 homes between 2015 and 2019. Together with international and Romanian volunteers, Habitat for Humanity Romania will finish the construction of the first quadruplex, in which the first four families will move in soon.Two more quadruplexes are in different stanges of construction, and the building of the next two homes will begin in the summer of this year. More than 300 international and Romanian volunteers have worked so far on Habitat for Humanity Cumpăna’s worksite.

About Habitat for Humanity România

Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide NGO, with the mission to eradicate poverty housing. For 21 years in Romania, the local organization builds, renovates, advocates, offers technical support, energy efficiency trainings and disaster risk reduction and response programs.

With the support of over 32,000 international and Romanian volunteers, Habitat for Humanity România helped so far more than 69,000 people to have a new home or better living conditions. www.habitat.ro

 

About Henkel

Henkel operates worldwide with leading innovations, brands & technologies in three business areas: Adhesive Technologies, Beauty Care and Laundry & Home Care. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. Henkel employs more than 50,000 people globally – a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture, a common purpose to create sustainable value, and shared values. www.henkel.com

 

Roberto Patrascoiu_Habitat for Humanity Romania (credit Alexandru Pavel)
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Roberto Pătrășcoiu appointed National Director of Habitat for Humanity România

Roberto Pătrăşcoiu was appointed the National Director of Habitat for Humanity România. He holds a PhD in integrated urban development from the University of Bucharest and a Master of Science in structural funds project management from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.

Roberto has considerable NGO and management experience. Before pursuing a successful freelance consultant career in project and grant management between 2009 and 2015, Roberto was the head of grant operations for World Vision International’s operation in România. His work materialized in projects and investments for families in need, with a value of over 20 mil. EUR, in areas such as rural development, anti-poverty, education, participatory democracy or health.

“Home is the place where you relax after a hard day at work, the place where you enjoy the warmth of the family and where you see your children taking their first steps in life. I believe that every person has the right to have a decent home and I am very happy to serve accomplish Habitat for Humanity’s mission”, said Roberto Pătrășcoiu.

“Habitat for Humanity România is lucky to have such an experienced and passionate national director. I am confident that his enthusiasm and energy will lead the organization to provide decent housing for more low income families”, said Mario De Mezzo, board member of Habitat for Humanity România.

Roberto took office in December 2016 from Gabriel Pascal, the interim director, currently Programs Director.

About Habitat for Humanity România

Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide NGO, with the mission to eradicate poverty housing. For 21 years in Romania, the local organization builds, renovates, advocates, offers technical support, energy efficiency trainings and disaster risk reduction and response programs.

With the support of over 32,000 international and Romanian volunteers, Habitat for Humanity România helped so far more than 69,000 people to have a new home or better living conditions. www.habitat.ro

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