Hansgrohe Joins Reconstruction Efforts in the BalkansAugust 20, 2014
Practical help: bathroom and sanitation specialist provides faucets for flood disaster area in Southern Europe
After the biggest flood of the century hit Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Serbia, Hansgrohe provided 1,000 bathroom faucet mixers to affected private households by aid organisations, including the Red Cross and central coordination bodies.
Frank Semling, member of the board at Hansgrohe SE, was in charge of the donation campaign, along with Dirk Rennau, Area Sales Manager Southeastern Europe at Hansgrohe SE. “The news about the flooding has affected us strongly. Hansgrohe has had ties to the region for many years – not in the least because we have our own employees there. They have given us first hand reports of how badly people are affected by the disaster,” explains Semling.
Dirk Rennau adds: “It was important for us to provide quick and unbureaucratic help with our own products. We had our faucets delivered directly to Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia with trucks. That means they were immediately available for reconstruction work and could be installed on short notice.”
Once the water recedes, flooded areas often see outbreaks of diseases such as typhoid, such as in the case of the Balkans. One of the objectives of the aid organisations is to improve the hygienic conditions for the numerous victims. “This also includes providing people with fully functioning bathrooms again. With our mixers for wash basins and showers, we help people to cover at least part of the costs for equipping their new bathrooms,” explains.
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