Renovation project of a 3-room apartment for a father and two small kids from Ploiesti whose mother and wife, at only 36 years old, lost the battle with cancer, at the end of 2021.
Imagine you have a husband like in the movies and two little ones raised with love. Life smiles at you from all directions. Then at a routine check-up, a cruel diagnosis sits on top of all your plans and the smiles disappear gently, gently. Years of therapy after therapy followed, in the country and in Austria. Hopes, relapses, a continuous struggle for 3 years. This is the unfairly short story about Iulia, mother, wife, daughter.
Last summer, Iulia was the first beneficiary of the #IntensivGood project. We knew for a few years what struggles she was going through and we wanted her, as well as the children, to witness all the struggle, a little easier, a little better.
At the end of the year, when we visited her for what would be the last time, she only managed to tell us in a hushed voice, her last fears. She knew that the shred of strength she felt would soon be lost: “Mirel, I’ve had it this far, I’m going to leave, I’m leaving behind my children and my husband, my miracles!” I know that my illness stole their future, they gone face only the pain and accumulated debts. What will they do alone without a mother, how will he manage alone with two children, I know he will do anything, but how…?” We asked her to fight as much as she can and we promised her that we will be with her miracles, that we will do everything we humanly can so that her two kids grow up beautifully.
A few days after our visit, on December 30, mom was no longer with us. On the second day of the new year, we were kneeling next to her in the church, praying that she would always be on a star, the pave over her miracles.
The wonderful memories lived with her remained, her wonderful children and debts, many debts. Children, father and grandmother live in a studio the size of a matchbox. Although the parents bought an apartment in the past, due to the costs of the treatments, they have not been able to make it livable, it is completely destroyed, it cannot be lived in. Children need a place of their own, a place that offers them a harmonious, warm and welcoming environment and the privacy so important during this period of growth.
To build their own place they have no chance, it would be an impossible mission. But they are not alone, they have us and they have you and we hope so much that together we can do everything we can to make what is left of their childhood decent and with beautiful memories.
Soon, three souls will have a place to welcome them in when they need to return. They will have a place to grow, a place to be loved, a place to start anything, where they can have privacy, but also freedom. A place to welcome all three inside, to allow them to be together, a place called HOME, because home is that place where you feel the least alone and the most loved among earthlings.
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