Wienerberger group, one of the world’s leading producers of construction materials and Habitat for Humanity International, an international housing charity are pleased to announce another three-year extension of their partnership. Under the new agreement, which covers the period 2018 – 2021 Wienerberger will support Habitat’s home reconstruction and energy efficiency projects in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Macedonia, Great Britain and Slovakia. The partnership will also increase awareness of housing problems and advocate for better policies in Central and Eastern Europe. Wienerberger does not only support the partnership financially but also helps with teams of volunteers who physically helped to build and provide technical advisory.
The advocacy cooperation helps tremendously raise awareness on the importance of safe and healthy homes for any further educational, economic and social development. Together Wienerberger and Habitat for Humanity International are bringing this agenda back to the attention of national and local governments, policymakers, mayors, etc.
The first Partnership between Wienerberger and Habitat for Humanity Internationalstarted in 2012 with projects in Romania and Bulgaria.
Initially, Wienerberger supported Habitat housing projects in Romania and Bulgaria providing financial support, bricks, roof tiles, technical expertise and staff volunteers. Almost 130 families received a new home or had their houses renovated. The company also built with Habitat a new hospice and school in Romania, helping more than 1,360 people. In total, more than 2,000 adults and children in need were helped.
Commitment grew in 2015-2018 and expanded to Poland, Hungary and the USA
The second partnership between Wienerberger and Habitat for Humanity International grew to include assistance for Habitat initiatives in Poland, Hungary and United States, where are building homes for vulnerable families as well as building community/educational centers, new classrooms and better homes for disabled and the elderly. Since the beginning of the partnership we have together helped more than 3,000 vulnerable people.
Significant contribution to help reduce poverty housing
“This is a mutually beneficial partnership for both Wienerberger and Habitat for Humanity International,” said Torre Nelson, Area Vice President for Habitat for Humanity in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The partnership with Wienerberger, whose significant contribution has helped reduce poverty housing, is greatly appreciated. They have helped us with donating energy efficient products, building homes for families in need, community centers, education centers, new classrooms, centers for disabled, centers for elderly, sending volunteers to help with technical expertise and addressing key housing issues in countries where the need is so great.”