Prince Charles, currently on a private visit to Romania, is launching on Tuesday his own foundation in Romania, a charitable organization having the educational purpose to preserve the patrimony, agriculture and sustainable development in Romania, UK Embassy in Bucharest informs in a press release. The executive manager of the new foundation in Romania is Romanian-born Aura Woodward.
“The foundation aims to closely cooperate mostly with the rural communities countrywide in order to support locals to learn new crafts and to get the necessary know-how that will help them find a new job,” Woodward said.
While in Viscri on Tuesday afternoon, Prince Charles also talked about the new foundation, saying he chose to launch it in Romania because he loves Romania and because he had a great-hreat-great grandmother in Transylvania, while underlining he is thrilled to be able to help the community in the region and to contribute as much as possible to create new jobs here.
Prince Charles of Wales owns, through his charitable foundation in Great Britain, a Transylvanian Saxon house in Viscri village, Brasov County, that he offered to its foundation in Romania.
“For the moment, a part of the new foundation’s activity will take place here. This property will be rehabilitated and turned into a Training Center of Prince of Wales in Transylvania. The center will shelter a conference room due to host up to 70 persons, a café and accommodation in order to meet the demands of the local communities and of the thousands of visitors who come to Viscri on an annual basis,” reads the press release.
At the same time, Prince of Wales Foundation will offer restoration classes both to the local communities and to the students and apprentices from abroad.
“It is a first step in our commitment to support Romania in discovering some good jobs mostly lost in the rural area (…) The foundation will also support Prince of Wales’ personal charitable programs as well as other charitable organizations, thus helping not only communities living in Transylvania but all over Romania,” the press release also says.
Prince Charles’ charitable foundation in Great Britain owns another two properties in Romania, in Valea Zalanului / Zalanului Valley, Covasna County. One of them is 100-year-old house that has been completely revamped.
“The two properties-managed by Count Kalnoky and his wife Anna-are open to the public and can be rented, while the profit is exclusively directed to charitable activities of Prince Charles’ foundation,” the quoted source also reports.
According to transylvaniancastle.com, the Prince of Wales owns in Valea Zalanului the property that had originally been built for the former ‘judge’ who was overseeing the manufacture and the village. It is composed of several buildings, and has a patch of forest and extensive flower meadows with mineral springs and small brooks belonging to it. The property is characterized by its rich biodiversity of plants, mushrooms, insects, birds and large mammals including bears (sometimes crossing the back yard). Wolves can be heard howling at times in winter nights. The property has 5 double rooms with en-suite bathrooms, a drawing- and dining room with a large fireplace and a 7m high ceiling, several terraces, outside benches and tables, a breakfast barn.