In December 2012, Habitat Romania’s Big Build was honored as the best social volunteer project in Romania for the second year in a row. The award is granted to the winner of a national competition among nongovernmental and public organizations.
Every October, Habitat Romania brings together local corporate supporters and volunteers with visiting volunteers from Northern Ireland and other countries to participate in blitz building activities. Each year, the event starts on World Habitat Day, an October Monday set aside by the United Nations to call attention to the need for better shelter around the world. By the end of the week, volunteers finish completed homes alongside families in need of simple and decent shelter.
Under the motto “more homes, one community,” the 2012 event gathered more than 500 volunteers and resulted in 14 Habitat houses. For the first time, the Big Build took place in two locations in Romania — Oradea and Preajba, a community near Craiova.
During the Big Build’s four years, the event has helped 46 families and mobilized more than 1,500 volunteers.