HFH Romania Welcomes Eclipse Build Volunteers From Around the World
Beuis, Romania - July 29, 1999 - More than 250 volunteers from Romania, across Europe and around the world will join Habitat for Humanity Romania as they build houses in partnership with 10 families in need.
The two-week event will coincide with the last solar eclipse of the millennium, best viewed from Romania. Construction will begin the week before the eclipse. Volunteers will have the opportunity to view the eclipse Aug. 11 at Romania's Ramnicu Valcea. They will be accompanied by Ed Reichmann, a solar scientist with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and a Habitat volunteer.
The volunteers will help families in need as Romania welcomes people from around the world. Volunteers will work with future homeowners to build wood-frame houses. As part of the payment for their houses, each homeowner family has already worked about 300 hours with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity will sell the homes to the families at no-profit, with no-interest mortgages.
"We can contribute to the peace of this region by building simple, decent homes with people who could not otherwise afford them," Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International said. "Habitat for Humanity's work brings people together, contributing to lasting peace and stable communities."
Through a partnership with the Good Samaritan organization, young-adult orphans who are no longer able to stay in state-run orphanages are employed on the construction site. The Eclipse Build construction crew will also include a team of volunteers from Northern Ireland, comprised of Catholics and Protestants working together. Other volunteers are coming from as far away as the United States and Singapore.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit worldwide, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The homes are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 75,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 375,000 people worldwide. It has affiliates in every state of the United States and in 63 other countries around the world.