Glengormley man Colin Daly is calling on people within the local community to get involved with Habitat for Humanity NI after he had a rewarding experience volunteering with the charity earlier this year.
His call came as Habitat NI unveiled details of its volunteering opportunities for 2014.
Colin travelled to Ethiopia this summer as part of a Habitat Global Village volunteer team to help build homes alongside future homeowner families.
“Volunteering with Habitat NI was one of best experiences of my life. It was so rewarding to be part of a team and work alongside the future homeowner families. It gave me a true sense of how something so simple as a decent home can have a huge impact on a family,” Colin explained.
In 2014, Habitat NI have similar volunteer opportunities open to any individual or small group to destinations including Ethiopia, Cambodia, South Africa and Romania.
Special builds including a ‘Women Build’ in India are also being organised. This unique event will bring together women from all over the world to work beside local women and learn about the impact of poverty housing first hand.
Speaking about his experience in Ethiopia, Colin added: “It soon became clear that we weren’t just building homes, we were giving them the hand up they needed to build their own way out of poverty. It reaffirmed the unique impact of Habitat’s work on vulnerable people. I would like to thanks those who donated money and wished me well on my trip. I would thoroughly encourage everyone in the local community to get involved in this life changing experience and volunteer with Habitat NI in 2014.”
Over the last 12 years more than 4,000 people from across Northern Ireland have travelled as Global Village volunteers to some of the world’s poorest communities to help families in desperate need of safe, decent shelter build their way out of poverty.
As well as teams individuals can join, every year groups from schools, churches, businesses or family and friends form their own teams and embark on the volunteer journey together.
Joanne Briggs, Habitat NI’s Volunteer Manager said: “Every day in almost 80 countries around the world Habitat for Humanity is helping families build their own way out of poverty. Habitat works beside people; building or renovating homes, helping change the policies which keep people trapped in poverty, or ensuring families get access to clean water which can make a world of difference to a whole community.
“More than 90 per cent of our work goes on every day in local communities yet volunteers remain at the heart of our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live because we believe that the transformational impacts, the building of relationships and hope can change how the world works.”
Habitat is hosting information sessions for individuals or groups interested in finding out more. The next session will take place on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30pm at Habitat ReStore, Riverside Centre, Lisburn. Other dates and full details of the 2014 opportunities are available online at www.habitatni.co.uk or by emailing email@example.com
Anyone who would like to find out more about how they can support Habitat’s work by fundraising or making a donation should click on habitatni.co.uk or call 028 92 635 635.