By the end of 2018, two homes will be built in Bucharest and Piatra Neamț in the programme aimed at closing down placement centres

In July-September 2017, Holcim Romania carried out the Build a house, give a home campaign: for each bag of StructoPlus cement with Duraditiv sold, the equivalent value of one kilogram of cement was transferred to Hope and Homes for Children. The results amounted to a total of 300,000 EUR, which will be used to build two small group homes in the process of closing down the Robin Hood placement centre in Bucharest Sector 4 and the Elena Doamna placement centre in Piatra Neamț.

Hope and Homes for Children aims to close down all the old type institutions in Romania, the so-called orphanages, by 2026, and to identify the most suitable alternatives, as close as possible to a family environment, for the children living there. The Foundation’s programmes aim to replace institutionalisation with a system centred around the idea of a family, through family reintegration, where possible, through placement into care or, for children in need of specialised care, for whom the two alternatives are not viable solutions, through transfer to small group homes.

Through the partnership between Hope and Homes for Children and Holcim Romania, established in July this year, the company is supporting the children who are still living in the Robin Hood placement centre in Bucharest Sector 4 and the Elena Doamna placement centre in Piatra Neamț and who will move into small group homes in 2018 through the Foundation’s programmes. Under the slogan The home in the house, the campaign helped raise 300,000 EUR, which will be spent to the benefit of the 24 children aged 7 to 18 who will move into the two new homes. 

In these homes, the children grow up in an environment that is closer to a family home, they receive care, education, emotional support and counselling towards the development of the skills they need to lead independent lives in the future. The children will move into the new homes built by Hope and Homes for Children with the support of Holcim Romania by the end of 2018.

This partnership was successful first and foremost due to our customers, to those who use our products, and I want to thank them for their trust in us. I am happy that, together with Hope and Homes for Children, we are able to build the children’s dream to have a home and a sustainable future”.

— Bogdan Dobre, Director Commercial Holcim Romania

“For most of us, home is something very familiar, a concrete place that we can always go back to. Children living in institutions do not have a place they can call home, a place where they can feel loved, cared for, surrounded by the attention and warmth of a family. Through such generous gestures, we can offer them the chance to live in a family-like environment and to have the childhood they deserve. We thank our partners at Holcim for their trust and generosity and for believing in our dream to provide each child with a good start in life”.  

— Ștefan Dărăbuș, Hope and Homes for Children regional director for Central and South Europe