Andreea Haba,
day to day campaigner

Andreea Haba has made her commitment a way of life. She
wouldn’t be able to say how much time she dedicates to it, so anchored it is in her daily life.

At the university she was already part of the NGO World Vision Romania, which distributed books to students. Today, she helps children with visual and hearing impairments participate in extra-curricular activities (making postcards, organising fairs, etc). However, the 37 year old customer relations manager does not stop there. She is also a part of other organisations such as New Horizons Foundation, Let’s do it Romania and Eco Assist: “These organisations are involved in education, social projects and the environment. My children often follow me into these projects voluntarily. It’s a way of raising their awareness and making them more responsible. Our lives are becoming ever more complicated, and we don’t realise there are simple actions we can still take. Sometimes it’s enough to tidy a neighbour’s garden for them or take care of a sick abandoned animal, and find a home for it, or collecting and recycling paper...”

Andreea grew up in Alba lulia, a historic town in Transylvania: “I had a normal childhood for that time. I was a good pupil and was very sporty. During the school holidays, I played with my friends. In summer I stayed with my grandparents in the country and I helped them around the house or in the garden. My grandfather taught me to love books and history. My grandmother taught me many things; I learned Christmas songs with her, and the mysteries of our traditional crafts. I’ve forgotten the technique now, but I’m going to learn it again so I can pass it on to my children. I like thinking back to those precious moments I shared with my grandparents.”

"Thank you, a magic formula that we’ve ended up making banal"

Andrea is very sensitive to the word “thank you” that she often hears after completing a good deed: “This word is a magic formula that we’ve ended up making banal.” She sees her deeds themselves as thanks enough: “Last spring I was collecting rubbish from a lake with my family and other volunteers. Two fishermen were catching fish and letting them go straight away. There was a lot of rubbish around them, cans, plastic bottles etc. Two children came with an enormous bag and big yellow gloves. They picked everything up. The fishermen left without saying a word, their heads held low...”

Portrait by Apolline Guichet.

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