Aid Work in Romania
Since 2001, f2a member Florian Maurer has been working with the Swiss charity Ethos Open Hands (EOH) to carry out their work in Craiova, in western Romania. after the collapse of communism, Craiova's industry lay in shambles, all housing construction had halted because the customary massive construction methods in Romania were no longer viable under the new market conditions. The number of street children was high and growing.
Concrete and masonry construction require cranes, heavy equipment, and concrete batch plants, so we suggested the introduction of wood framing construction adapted to local conditions. A carpenter can build a house with a circular saw, some hand tools and a pick-up truck. This fit our client's aid strategy, which focuses on training self reliance. Ethos Open Hands would train their own work force on their own projects and encourage them to become small entrepreneurs.