The Get Leading team of 24 people headed out to visit Dare 2 Dream in Romania to support them in finishing their community building project.
Dare 2 Dream was founded by Dana and Gusti who moved to the village of Soard, Romania, in 2008. At the time, the Roma community in Soard was incredibly poor and faced multiple issues including chronic unemployment, hunger and racism. The vast majority of children did not attend school and many families lived in homes made from mud with the whole family living in one room.
In 2011, with support from friends in the UK, they ran their first children’s camp in Soard running activities and workshops. This success sparked a desire to do more – and Dare2Dream was created. They started by providing a hot meal every Saturday for children in the community. In 2016, work began on the construction of a new community centre. This space has enabled them to run after school education workshops and homework clubs for the children, and workshops for the men and women in the community focusing on their separate issues and building their resilience.
During the weekend we were there, we successfully managed to insulate the Dare 2 Dream community building and build four benches for the feeding program as well as help build a roof for a family in the community.
There was an epic team dynamic as we pulled together and worked with the Roma village to finish their community centre. It was also a great opportunity to for people in the group to develop their skills and make new friendships.
“The trip made me feel less materialistic and opened my eyes to how different life would be growing up in Romania. It really made me appreciate what I have” Steven.