Habitat for Humanity Romania is celebrating World Habitat Day, declared by the UN, through the event BIG BUILD. Between October 5th and 9th, only in five days, the association will build eight houses for low-income families from Bacau. 200 volunteers from USA, Northern Ireland, Slovakia, Romanian companies and VIPs will help building the houses. The main partner is Dedeman, which, since 2005, is supporting Habitat for Humanity’s mission of eradicating the poor living conditions, by donating money and materials.
„The right for a decent house is fundamental and we are making efforts to eradicate the poor living in Romania. We have developed BIG BUILD, an impressive event of accelerated construction and volunteering to draw attention on the 5 million Romanians that are living in decaying, cold and overpopulated houses. We wish to have a Romania where each family has a safe and healthy home, and we hope to find more and more partners to support our mission.
We would like to thank all the volunteers who came from abroad to help us build, the companies for donating money and building materials and the implications of their employees as volunteers, and also the journalists who are making our efforts known.” said Mario DeMezzo, National Director Habitat for Humanity Romania.
The eight houses are built in Izvoare district of Bacau, in duplex system and have two bedrooms, kitchen, living room and bathroom.
The beneficiary families must be in need of the decent house, work a number of hours at building their own house and return to Habitat for Humanity Romania the cost of ’, for a period of 20 years in equal installments, without interest and profit. For 39 years, Habitat for Humanity’s system, developed in 70 countries around the world, empowers the beneficiary families and provides funds for building houses for underprivileged families.
World Habitat Day
Since 1986, the first Monday of October has been declared by the United Nations „UN World Habitat Day”. Supporters all over the world will work together with Habitat for Humanity in projects which are developed specially for this occasion, in order to draw attention to the need of the safe, decent and accessible house. Habitat for Humanity International and UN have signed a memorandum to promote together the solutions of living at international level, by advocacy and awareness campaigns.
Living situation in Romania
Romania is one of the most affected countries in the European Union, where more than 5 million people live in conditions that are jeopardizing their health, education and development. 41.2% of the Romanians do not have a toilet inside their house (while the European average is 3.1%), and 58% of Romanian population lives in overpopulated houses (while European average is 17.8%).
BIG BUILD Partners
The following partners have responded to the invitation of Habitat for Humanity Romania and have donated with generosity money or construction materials: Dedeman, Kaufland, Tondach, Kronospan, AdePlast, Teraplast, Politub, MTI – Saint Gobain Group, AkzoNobel, DB Schenker, Fiskars, Epics Photobooth, Aqua Carpatica.
Media partner: Prima TV