Pirită (pyrite or fool’s gold) is a small makeshift neighbourhood on the outskirts of Baia Mare, close to the water treatment plant; the improvised shelters sit on the former waste rock and tailings site.

Pirită (pyrite or fool’s gold) is a small makeshift neighbourhood on the outskirts of Baia Mare, close to the water treatment plant; the improvised shelters sit on the former waste rock and tailings site. This is where over 50 families, with over 100 children, live in unsanitary conditions, with no electricity and running water. Claudia Costea has lately dealt with the basic need of the community, such as the children’s access to education and decent living conditions; one of her initiatives was the purchase of a modular sanitary container, with shower cabins that can be used by the community. This became possible with the financial support of   Hope and Homes for Children.

The modular container was bought by the Foundation and entrusted to the Public Social Assistance Service (SPAS) with the Baia Mare municipality; they will manage the maintenance, supplies and functioning of the container. SPAS has had the container connected to the water, sewage and electricity networks and, on January 17, the shower became functional.

We are very happy. We like the warm water and the place is very close. It’s much better than washing yourself in a basin, with cold water”, said one of the little girls living in the Pirită neighbourhood. 

It takes so little for a proper body hygiene – a shower with running water and soap; but there are still many people in Romania who lack access to such basic things. At least now, for the families and children living in the Pirită area, showers are no longer a luxury that they cannot afford.