Homoródszentpéter: Partners Pitch In

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“Since an increasing number of mothers now work outside the home to provide additional economic stability to their families, this daycare has been an immediate success.”

2016 Final Project Report from Homoródszentpéter/Petreni

 

This year, volunteers in Homoródszentpéter made great progress toward a longtime dream: opening a daycare center in their local school to serve families of villages up and down the Homoród valley. They needed new beds and furnishings, a fridge for their kitchen, new playground equipment–and one unexpected hurdle: they needed to install an extra bathroom. In true kaláka fashion, local volunteers and partners from abroad came together to help.

In order to obtain an official Romanian license, and thereby receive government support for the daycare, local leaders discovered that they were required to have a second bathroom for teachers only. With the help of a grant from Unitarian Kaláka, they began work on the daycare center and the new bathroom. They purchased materials, ordered beds and linens, hired plumbers, and solicited donations of supplies.

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Partner church group from Unity Church, St. Paul, MN, takes a break from work.

Partners & Pilgrims

Then in August, a pilgrimage group from Homoródszentpéter’s partner church, Unity Church-Unitarian in Saint Paul, Minnesota, showed up to lend a hand.

Karen and Hal cleaning area for future bathroom

Karen and Hal cleaning area for future bathroom

“Since an increasing number of mothers now work outside the home to provide additional economic stability to their families, this daycare has been an immediate success,” says Hal Freshley, team leader of the partner church group from Minnesota. They pitched in to help prepare the space for the new, required bathroom.

Volunteers store furniture to make space for the new bathroom

Brooks, Shay and 2 Mikes store furniture in the school attic

Work has continued into the fall, with the completion of the new bathroom, delivery of 15 beds, and installation of a new refrigerator. Blinds and curtains were purchased for the dormitory, and sewing was done by a local seamstress. Throughout the project, they got additional support from parents and local business people, who donated raw materials, floor and wall tiles, pipes for bathroom plumbing, and two see saws for the playground.

Working together, village volunteers, their American partners, and Unitarian Kaláka donors made it happen.

More pictures from Homoródszentpéter below: