In February, thousands of Romanian families had their homes buried or damaged by record snowfalls. Low-income, disabled and elderly Romanians suffered the most. More than 40,000 vulnerable families living in the remote and rural regions of Vrance and Buzau were trapped in damaged homes for at least a week.
Habitat Romania partnered with the Romanian Maltese Youth Relief Service to access those regions, assess conditions and enable families to quickly repair their homes. Habitat supported 200 families with shelter kits containing warm blankets, flashlights and first-aid medicine, as well as repair kits with construction materials to use after the snow receded. “It was an impressive effort,” says Tischeler Ferenc, director of the Romanian Maltese Youth Relief Service. “We worked well with Habitat for Humanity Romania. Together we can do more and faster than we could by ourselves.”