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Big Build cannot proceed as planned however the foundations, already in place in Bacau, will provide a solid base for the future of 40 families when it is rescheduled.

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Jenny Williams, Habitat NI Chief Executive said ‘Our thoughts are most of all with 40 hardworking families in Bacau who have invested many hours onsite since the Spring. It is they who carry the heaviest burden of this difficult decision. Our partners at Habitat Romania have done everything possible to find a way forward. They are focused on ensuring the best outcome for the families and our commitment to stand with them remains’

Habitat Romania, working alongside families and the wider community, partners with city and regional authorities to serve thousands of people in desperate need of safe and affordable homes.

Working in partnership with the municipal government, Habitat Romania had been given permission to build homes on previously unused industrial land in February 2016.  Recent municipal and legislative changes have resulted in unexpected delays at the municipal level and have made it impossible to move forward until all approvals are granted.

Jenny continued ‘We are thankful for the understanding and support of Big Build volunteers, who in spite of this disappointment have been focused on the impact of delay for families in Bacau. We also want to acknowledge the enormous commitment of donors and supporters whose financial support make this project possible.’

Big Build will proceed. 40 families will have the homes they so much need as soon as it is possible in 2017.

Please keep the Big Build families, Habitat Romania, disappointed volunteers and all those working through this difficult issue in your thoughts and prayers over the coming days.

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