Roadeș – the village
A new beginning
The village of Roadeș (German: Radeln) is part of Bunești commune, located in the midlle of Transylvania, between Sibiu and Brașov, about 50 km away of Sighișoara. Once a proud village inhabited by German ethnics, it was strongly affected by emigration, unemployment, poverty and poor infrastructure. At the same time, its obvious potential – its geographical position, picturesque architecture largely preserved and its pristine nature – is simply wasted.
In this context, Peter Maffay Foundation wants to create a new beginning with the therapeutical holiday house for children and other related projects. That means to eliminate the infrastructure deficit and to create an environment where locals and guests, children and adults of various nationalities, ethnic backgrounds and religions may get together and learn about one another. With the help of the various project partners (Martine & Bertram Pohl Foundation, RuKu Stiftung, BayWa Stiftung, Volkswagen, TEILEn e.V., CARAT group, Deutsches Handwerk Hilft, professor Hans Georg Näder, administrator of Otto Bock Holding etc.) and of the locals, the village houses organise activities for the children and teenagers of the children centre. They already finalised Tabaluga House for children, an organic farm, a medical practice, a carpenter workshop, Tabaluga Guesthouse, a fruit press and a building for workers and volunteers, a workshop and a culture house. There is an additional project, already much advanced, to build a kindergarten.
Together with its partners – Michael Schmidt, and Michael Schmidt Foundation from Criț (German-Kreuz), Caroline Fernolend from Viscri (German -Weißkirch), mayor Mircea Pălăşan of Buneşti (Bodendorf) and representatives from Meşendorf (Meschendorf) – Peter Maffay Foundation initiated the Cultural Week of the Oat Land, hosting in 2014 its second edition. The goal of this cultural week is to draw attention on the beauty and cultural diversity around Roadeș and to rekindle the old cultural values, trades and crafts.
Moreover, Peter Maffay Foundation is involved in extending the infrastructure and ensuring potable water supply for the entire village.