Since 2012, Henkel and the Fritz Henkel Stiftung foundation have been supporting the organization Habitat for Humanity, which helps families in need worldwide by building houses. The company provides support not only in the form of financial support and donations of building materials, but also through on-site employee support – the so-called "building trips". In the past years, Henkel employees around the world have supported many of these social projects, for example in Romania, Northern Macedonia and the U.S.
Elena Campos has also embarked on a trip to build houses. In the beginning of September, Elena, who works in Global Marketing for Adhesive Technologies, spent a week in Poduri – a village in the central-western part of Romania. There, together with twelve other Henkel volunteers, she was part of an international team working on the construction of a house. Two smaller bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen and living room and a small attic: The new home for a family with three small children. "It's quite touching. In this project, you really do something meaningful, not so much for yourself, but for others." That's how Elena describes her emotional state.
Only families whose income is significantly below the average income of the respective country can apply for a house at Habitat for Humanity. In addition, they agree to support the construction and pay a small refinancing fee to Habitat for Humanity over 20 years, which flows into a fund. This money is then used to finance new projects. This is also the case in Cumpana. There, apartments for four families are being built in two houses. When it comes to interior design, the families have a free hand. One father, for example, wants to convert the attic. He wishes for his two children, aged 6 and 10, to each have their own room. So far, the family lives, cooks, and sleeps in one room, all in the space of 20 square meters.