09. Aislinn Fitzgerald ~ Habitat for Humanity in Romania


I had a fantastic time in Boldesti and met many welcoming and grateful people, who I would not have had to opportunity to meet and help without the outstanding support and contribution of the Parish. I would like to thank you all so much for your generosity and support for my trip to Romania with Habitat for Humanity, and would like to let you know on the behalf of the people of the community in Boldesti, that they and I are very grateful for your generosity and kindness.

During the build at the community centre in Boldesti Romania for the Roma community between 29th June and 7th July, I was part of a team of 16-17 year olds with our 4 leaders. Along with some locals, we were able to build: a pathway around the centre, concrete the floor, insulate one side of the building and prepare other walls for insulation. The result is that even though work will continue at the site for some time, completely through donations and the work of the people in the community, the floor we made can now be carpeted and the walls painted and in a few short weeks, it will be in use as both a church and classroom for the children.

This centre was first thought of as a way to prevent the local youth from being marginalised and dropping out of education, which led to some becoming thieves and being sent to jail for 5 or 6 years. This centre will provide a safe environment for the children to learn, play, wash and have a hot meal every day.
Multumesc (Thank you) Aislinn FitzGerald.