We have been working in the area of Dallas in Iasi for a number of years with our Future Changed Project. These provide education and social care to the children and families who come to our kindergarten and Homework Clubs. We also have a Parents School.
For a long time we have been wanting to help people with rebuilding their homes and recently we have been able to do just that.
Sleeping on the stove!
The room is small - in fact the smallest child's bed is on the Soba (clay stove for heating and cooking) as it is not needed in the summer. The inner wall is only built of clay, is not load-bearing and would be easy to demolish. The outer walls are just planks of wood covered with polystyrene insulation and plastered. The window serves no useful purpose and the space inside is unusable - so to replace it with a durable wall of blocks seems to be common sense.
Mr Surdu only completed 3 grades of school (at best, 11 year-old level) so cannot find a regular job anywhere. However he realises he needs extra help and is now enrolled in the further education classes for those who have little schooling to try to get some qualifications.
The Gangal family have requested help with their home. They have 5 small children - and several other families with
small children live in the same courtyard, which is flooded quite often.
For these children to be able to walk to the "road" to go to school or kindergarten, the family asked for gravel to cover the whole courtyard (seen in the first photo) - but it was decided that a good concrete path would be better.
Rising damp is a problem in this, as in many other houses, and you will be able to see the damp rising up the side of the "soba". There is no easy solution to this apart from demolishing the soba and rebuilding it with a layer of waterproofing underneath - so that was left. It was decided to waterproof the floor. The the father would do the work and we would supply the materials.
We learned more about this family - their mother had 5 children from a previous abusive relationship, who are now independent. The youngest, 16, lives with his older brother, is chronically sick and has to take drugs - but his mother is still supposed to support him until he is 18.
Attached are the photos of the shack/hovel (call it what you will) where the Darie family live in one inner room. This is only wide enough for a bed with the narrow space to walk next to it. The iron stove is squeezed in next to the bed - and imminent fire hazard! The parents and 2 young children live in this room. In the space nearest the door is a single bed where Teodora and her grandmother sleep. There is no table - no chair - no other furniture!
The sheets on the roof are all loose and let the rain in - which comes through the walls as well. There is no window or ventilation anywhere.
The floors flood every time there is rain - the family probably have to crawl over the beds to the door to keep their feet dry!
As the family rent this "room", not own it, we are sending a monthly amount be transferred for a year to enable them to rent a better room. By then, we hope they will be able to support the extra rent themselves.