Housing for families

From the hut to the house
winter-proof roof over the head.

Roma families live in small huts made of clay on the outskirts of village. Ten people have to share a room. In particular the icy winter months are tough. Often the mud walls collapse, the roofs are not tight. There is no furniture, just sagging sofas and old ovens on which the food is prepared. It is impossible to keep order, there are no washing facilities.

Many houses in the Saxon villages are abandoned, the town centers are deserted. We want to offer the poorest families and our employees a good home. We build and renovate houses, stable and winter-proof. We renovate whatever is possible and install new windows and doors. In the workshops, apprentices manufacture beds, boxes and tables for their families.

We make sure that the families themselves do a contribution. It is crucial that the parents get a job so that they can maintain the house and family independently. Since 2019 we completed more than 15 family houses.

One of our houses in Hosman is the “Casa Andrea”, here we have set up two apartments. Danciu Ciurar, 24, and his wife Iova moved here six years ago. Before the couple lived in a poor hut. Danciu has been a carpentry worker for a year and a half and Iova works in the social center. The families keep chickens and pigs for self-sufficiency in the courtyard of the house. The neighboring house was added with the name “Casa Ali”. A family has moved in here. The father found work with us in the carpentry shop, the mother looks after the five children.

Cartier Marghita

The new Roma settlement

Our “Cartier Marghita” and the social center “Casa Susanna” emerged from a neglected Roma settlement at the entrance to the municipality of Nocrich. At the beginning of 2017, a wave of hepatitis plagued the residents. Thereupon ELIJAH decided in cooperation with the municipality of Nocrich to build new houses for the families. The community provided the building site for this. The fathers of the family helped build the new houses, which also have an electricity connection.

Cleanliness creates appreciation
The aim is to develop appreciation for one’s own four walls in the community. A group of women ensures that the paths between the houses are clean. The social workers fight with the families to get the children to go to school and to ensure hygiene. There is only water in the social center. The mayor has promised water and sewer pipes to the individual houses. Living in the house has to be learned and accompanied, a big task. The main task for the future will be to create jobs.