Inclusion for people with disabilities

Habitat for Humanity Romania held its first Women Build event earlier this summer to kickstart a series of similar builds on a home for people with disabilities. Called Casa Mihail, the house will be completely accessible and will provide social services and community activities for its residents, who currently live in poor conditions in a large state institution.

“It’s a unique experience, and I’m glad I could once again contribute not only to mixing the cement but also to the solid foundation of the house and enthusiastic work of my colleagues in the company,” says Camelia Săvoiu, CSR and public affairs manager for Lafarge Romania. Wienerberger, Saint Gobain Initiatives Foundation and Credit Suisse also are supporting the project with volunteers and donations.

Habitat Romania hopes that Casa Mihail will become a model for the social inclusion of people with disabilities in a country where around 18,000 people with disabilities are institutionalized and live in substandard conditions.

Casa Mihail — translated as “Michael’s House” — is a joint project of Habitat Romania, the Open Society Foundation’s Mental Health Initiative and PRO ACT. Completion is slated for later this fall.