Romania: Big Build 2013
The Big Build is an annual event of Habitat for Humanity Romania to celebrate World Habitat Day. The day was set by the United Nations to call attention to global housing problems. In Romania, Habitat celebrates it by building and renovating homes with local and international volunteers.
The Big Build usually takes place in poor communities and benefits very low income families who would otherwise get no social help. Beneficiaries always work at the site and contribute their own labor towards new homes.
This year volunteers are getting together on October 5-13 in Vizuresti, a town just outside of Bucharest. They will build a community center and renovate one school, a kindergarten and a medical unit in the neighborhood.
Help to the community
The Vizuresti community has 1400 residents. They have seen little improvements in their lives over the past years since the area lacks local resources and has a feeble economic activity.
The community school was built in 1984 and had not been renovated ever since. It fits 200 students who study in two shifts. At the moment, it has no water and sanitation facilities. The Big Build volunteers will work on the plumbing and interior renovations in the school.
The medical center in the neighborhood is closed. Residents travel to a nearby village for any medical problems. After the unit is reconstructed, it will offer emergency help on the spot.
In 2012, the Big Build took place in two locations – in Oradea and in Preajba, a community near Craiova. More than 400 volunteers built 14 homes in just one week. The first weeklong Big Build took place in October 2009. Volunteers built 10 homes with former orphans from the state-run institutions, who benefited from the new homes.