Major Projects

  • Habitat Oarja Neighborhood (2005 – 2011). The goal of this project was the revitalization of a neighborhood in Oarja, Arges County, Romania.  In 2005, only three families lived there in three old blocks without current water, sewage, electricity or garbage collection. The project gives the opportunity to 47 families (106 adults and 110 children) to live in clean and healthy apartments and have all the utilities needed for a normal life. The project included the building of two new blocks with 16 apartments and a playground.
  • Flooding RomaniaFlood Relief Project (2005 – 2006). This project was financed by USAID, CHF International and Habitat for Humanity International. The overall objective was assistance to people (mainly Roma families) that have suffered flooding damages in two towns from Arges County (Golesti and Micesti).  The project started in October 2005 and ended in March 2006. Four new houses were built and 96 repaired.
  • Thermal Rehabilitation Program (2007 – 2011). One of the biggest problems with housing in Romania is poor thermal insulation of the old houses, which conduct to large losses of heat and to expensive heating bills. This program was dedicated to these kind of interventions and until 2011 over 200 families from Arges County were helped to thermo insulate their houses.
  • Habitat for Humanity Pitesti Youth Organization – HabiTeen (2007 – 2011). The youth organization was created in order to leverage the involvement of the young generation in solving the community problems and create young leaders. Over 150 young people from local high schools and universities participated to many community programs (eco projects, mentoring, promoting volunteerism, building and renovating houses for the people in need).
  • Major Projects | Community LeadershipFamily Homeownership and Community Leadership Training in Arges County (2006). The project was funded by Peace Corps Romania and its goal was to establish on-going community education about family budgeting, establishing credit, understanding tax issues, and being a first time homeowner. The medium term goal was to enhance social capital and community resources, and to empower citizens to participate and have a stronger voice in local decision-making. The project provided a series of free educational classes on the legal responsibilities and community development benefits and opportunities of being a part of a homeowners association, as well as community leadership education.
  • Mentoring: A Promise Strategy for Youth Development – I (2008). The focus of this project was to create a sustainable program to offer the children from disadvantaged families in Pitesti City the opportunity to have a positive mentor. The project provided on-going support for disadvantaged children and young mentors, helping to develop leadership skills, build teamwork, and participate in local youth development. On the medium term, the project succeeded to strengthen local partnerships between community businesses, Habitat for Humanity and the city hall and establish trained mentors in the community of Pitesti.
  • Young VolunteerNew Skills New Opportunities (2009). The main focus of this project funded by Peace Corps Romania was to implement an on-site basic construction training program in order to help participants find better employment.  Thirty young people from an orphanage in Pitesti City participated in the program. The project succeeded to involve other locals and youth in the betterment of their own community.
  • Mentoring: A Promise Strategy for Youth Development – II (2010). Funded by Democracy Commission Small Grants, U.S. Embassy Bucharest, Romania. The focus of this project expands on a successful pilot project that was conducted in 2008 by Habitat for Humanity Pitesti, in order to create a sustainable program to offer the disadvantaged children of HFH homeowners and children from a local orphanage the opportunity to have a positive mentor. The project was promoting a positive idea of mentoring and volunteering in Romanian society. Disadvantaged and orphaned children were involved in the social life of the community through interaction with other youth.