08.09.2013 - 08.10.2013
What an incredible week with Habitat for Humanity Beius. First, I'd like to thank all the folks, my good friends, on site who helped us all week long. So to Emil, Claudiu, Valer, Mihai, Nelu, Marcel, and Ionut:
"Multumesc pentru rabdare, bunatate si toata buna dispozitie pe care ne-ati oferit-o in aceasta saptamana!"
(Which means: "Thank you for your patience, kindness, and laughter throughout the week.")
Friday on the site of Wesley Way, where Habitat built ten houses in a week with 250+ students from Ireland, we did the finishing touches on a few of the houses. There was lots of sanding, muddying, taping, and painting done.
In the evening we took a tour of Habitat street and the office and learned a bit about the history of Habitat in Beius as they have built over 230 new homes and helped over 450 families since they started. We had a chance to see Emil's office and a few photos along the walls of the office showing the history of Habitat here.
On Saturday, we worked a half day on site and helped the affiliate clean up and deconstruct the site from the Wesley Big Build. In the afternoon we had a tour of the bear caves, an antique museum, and an old church built in the 1700s.
We were asked to share a few of our thoughts about the week on site. Here are the videos:
Kay from Nebraska:
Katie from Connecticut:
Allen from Indiana:
Michelle from California:
And finally I will leave you with a few words from my team members as we get ready to pack our bags and head back to Budapest:
Ken from Nebraska: the work that we do seems so trivial until you see and feel the big picture. If everyone does a little bit we get this final finished product with a new home and a marvelous wonderful thing has happened. I feel blessed to be a part of it.
Perry from California:
It was a very good experience and it was mostly what I anticipated. Going from the foundation and then doing the final touches of a house in Beius was a cool experience. I love coming to Romania. It's been 20 years since I've been here. And I love the people so much.
Marie from Massachusetts: every build becomes a favorite in its unique way. The whole team was great and it worked like a well oiled machine and I'm very happy to be able to experience this with my own family.
So long to my favorite summer home and I will see you next year!