London, United Kingdom, August 21, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- 16 volunteers from the UK have successfully completed a challenging building project in Moldova, Europe’s poorest county, in order to improve the living conditions of impoverished children. The 11 day programme was the third and most significant of its kind run by The Moldova Project, a charity founded in 2008 and based in Greenwich, in partnership with Emmaus Lambeth.
Volunteers carried out repairs on badly damaged houses in Ciuciuleni, a remote village in the Moldovan countryside, to create better living conditions for families and ensure that they are insulated from Moldova’s extreme winter. Moldova experiences extreme weather variations according to the season; temperatures can drop to -30 degrees in winter, but were nearing 40 degrees during the project.
The volunteers, who ranged in age from 20 to 70 and were from a variety of backgrounds, worked tirelessly in the heat and forged strong relationships with the families they worked with. The group included 3 Companions and 1 volunteer from Emmaus Lambeth, a charity which supports ex-homeless people to become independent.
The British ambassador to Moldova, Phil Batson, said “Such projects really do show Britain at its best making a real difference to the lives of Moldovan people.”
The materials for the building project were fundraised by supporters of the charity and the volunteers through a programme of events including sponsored runs, and ‘buy a brick’ initiatives in schools.