Losing their initial purpose, the barns were in danger of being torn down. MET gave the locals an alternative, by repurposing and restoring these household annexes.
We have beautiful authentic houses. We also strive to restore and improve the public institutions and public space, in order to have architectural consonance throughout the area.
After we fix everything up, what do we do?
We invite people to see the beauty of our natural landscape and be guests in our traditionally decorated homes.
We are promoters of moderation and believe that responsible tourism enriches the lives of the local people and maintains the authenticity of the cultural landscape.
We’re extremely passionate about the protection and development of natural environment. At a personal level, it’s like being concerned about your own health.
The church has always been the most important village construction, lasting for generations. The investments in the church renovation, the parish houses and the fortified walls have increased the cultural value of the area.
Simply put, we get involved in the locals’ house renovations, a very important aspect of the community’s sustainable development. A house renovated according to local tradition keeps intact the village authenticity and gives the locals a sense of continuity.
We offer non-reimbursable funds to local entrepreneurs and people that want to start their own farming or handcrafting businesses.
People need encouragement. The MET rewards the heritage protection initiatives and supplies the locals with raw materials for restorations, as long as the owners get involved in the renovations.
We support projects and initiatives implemented by third parties and also research studies about local heritage and sustainable development.
A trained individual is more valuable to the community. MET gets involved in different types of professional training for the local community, and constantly holds exhibitions, presentations and communication training.
This is the most important and complex of our projects, created out of the ambition to breathe life back into a community through the sustainable development of the village.
The Whole Village Project has been one of the start-up projects of MET in Romania, under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales.
The goal of this platform is to revitalize the rural communities and improving their lives by responsibly using the natural and cultural heritage.
The village becomes “whole” after we “adopt” a village community, we evaluate its needs and the areas where we can intervene with integrated development solutions. The actions are prioritized after consulting the community. The project is then entrusted to a local team, overseen and advised by the MET.
Our dream is that this whole village concept spreads from Transylvania into other regions of rural Romania.