In 2004 and 2005, the small city of Comanesti in Bacau County, Romania was devastated by flooding of the Trotus River. In the process, hundreds of homes were destroyed, leaving many families homeless.
The U.S. Government was among the first donors to respond to the crisis in this community, donating emergency supplies including food, personal hygiene items, portable heaters, and water purification systems. CHF International/Romania continued this assistance through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Romanian Flood Recovery (RFR) Program. The overall goal of the RFR Program is to reduce human suffering, increase the ability of affected families to return to work as quickly as possible, and allow affected populations to rapidly return to normal life with dignity.
CHF implemented the largest and most complex RFR project in this community through financing the construction of 37 new homes for the most affected families in Comanesti. Inauguration of the 37 homes took place on December 13th, 2006. The event was attended by all of the beneficiary families, local authorities, and USAID and CHF representatives. Viorel Miron, the Mayor of Comanesti City, Rodger Garner, the Chief of Mission for USAID Romania, and Mazen Fawzy, the Country Director for CHF International Romania each delivered speeches to mark the occasion.
The value of the entire Comanesti project was approximately $770,000, consisting of $490,000 from USAID, via the RFR Program, $220,000 from the Romanian Government, $42,000 from the Comanesti City Hall, and a $16,000 donation of labor and materials from the contracted local construction firm.
A partnership between the City Hall, the Government of Romania, CHF, and USAID led to success. Despite the tragedy and hardship brought by the disastrous flooding, the community of Comanesti rallied to help one another rise above the destruction and begin to rebuild their lives. CHF is proud to have been able to play a role in assisting the most affected families return to a state of normalcy and move forward with their lives.