CHRISTINE McDermott from Philipstown is one of seven young volunteers who will travel to Zambia in July to build houses for the people of that country.
Christine and her friends will work for a charity called Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976. It has built or renovated more than 300,000 houses worldwide and has given more than one million people a place to live.
“I’m really looking forward to going away and facing a new challenge,” said Christine.
“The six other volunteers travelling with me are Michelle Rafferty, Marie Rafferty and Michelle Skelly from Lobinstown, Donna Brennan, Dromin, Siobhan Pentony, Tullyallen and David Woods, Knockbridge,” said Christine.
Michelle Rafferty took part in a similar project in Chile. It was from that trip that the idea came about to form a group of us who would volunteer for work in Zambia.
By the end of the two weeks the seven volunteers aim to have helped a family succeed in getting their own home constructed.
Christine and her friends will provide the labour. The work will be intense but very rewarding.
“Habitat for Humanity works with the community and uses local skills.
“All the material is sourced locally and in this way they help boost the local economy.
“Also, because the material is sourced locally, repairs are easy to carry out once Habitat has left the scene.
“The organisation works with countries all over the world, including Ireland.
“We will get to view Zambia in a way that tourists would never be able to experience it as we will live and work with the people.
“It’s an excellent chance for us to not only work with the community, but also to learn their culture and help give people a fundamental human right.
“The right to a home.”
Christine and her friends must raise €3,000 euro each before they set out on their adventure.
They will also attend three-to-four briefing meetings before they travel to Zambia in July.
And before that they will hold a number of fundraising events to raise the money which is purely to cover their costs.
In the coming weeks and months and will be relying on you and me, the public, to help them reach their target.
It is vital that they get public support for the fundraisers because without the cash they will not be able to travel and help built a house for a family in need.
So if you would like to help Christine and her friends you can check out their Facebook page Habitat for Humanity / 2011.
Remember, it all helps. So please do what you can.