After leaving the vocational programs, orphans were helped to find a job and rent a place. Since very few people in town were willing to rent to them due to prejudices, Good Samaritan sought to provide them with a shelter renting to them some of its premises at a lower cost. But it was impossible to shelter everybody. The orphans were then forced by the given circumstances to rent at relatively high cost whatever was available, often in substandard conditions: no heating, toilet in the courtyard, lack of running water or a kitchen. This need of theirs has led to the birth of our construction program.
As such, our organization has built homes and bought and renovated apartments that were given to orphans and their families, with mortgage at no interest and no profit. These dwellings are home to young adults who have exited the orphanage and passed through the vocational programs of the organization and currently have permanent jobs. So far we have provided shelter for 52 orphans and their children in 26 homes.
We have decided to partner with housing charities to build homes in the future rather than building ourselves to maximize our ability in solving this issue. As part of this strategy plan, we aim to build homes for orphans around the country in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, as well as with other similar housing charities in Romania and in neighboring countries like Bulgaria, Ukraine and Moldova.
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If you would like to partner with us, this is how you can do that:
- Donate for the purchasing of land. A sq. m. of land (10.76 sq. feet) in a good location with all utilities available costs about $42. The most cost effective piece of land to start new building should be of an average size of 7,532 sq. feet. Thus the amount of $ 29,400 can be used for the building of approx. 6 homes.
- Donate for the purchasing of construction materials or make in-kind donations.
- Volunteer on the construction site. You can come with colleagues of yours for the purpose of team building. Read more about how you can become a volunteer.