STABANNON man Joe McGrath has really settled into his work as a volunteer in Mozambique.
Joe is on a 12 month volunteering placement in Beira Mozambique. He is a qualified plumber by profession who worked for himself. He also has a keen interest in overseas development work. His journey to Beira was inspired after being part of a summer volunteering programme with the Irish charity SERVE.
Joe is out there with the support of his family, friends, and SERVE. SERVE is a development and volunteering organisation committed to tackling the root causes of poverty working with partners in with Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Brazil and Haiti.
Joe is on the teaching staff in Young Africa in Beira, Mozambique for those who wish to acquire plumbing qualifications. Young Africa is a skills and education centre that empowers young people to be able to lead dignified and full lives. Joe is also using his training in judo and other techniques to organise self defence classes for young women. He is also the on site ‘maintenance man’ and spends his time training and improving the knowledge of his local co-workers on technical wiring, plumbing etc. Joe believes, “It is a big change from my work at home,” said Joe. “I’m able to work with young people, help bring water to people in need. I am really enjoying it.”