Local women help build homes in El Salvador

The team, including Newtownabbey women Nicole McCotter and Mary Rainey, get ready to go to the building site on the first day of the project in El Salvador. INNT 52-513CON

The team, including Newtownabbey women Nicole McCotter and Mary Rainey, get ready to go to the building site on the first day of the project in El Salvador. INNT 52-513CON

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A TEAM of 15 women from across Northern Ireland recently returned from El Salvador where they were building homes for families in need.

The team, which included Newtownabbey women Nicole McCotter and Mary Rainey, travelled as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village programme. The women spent the last 12 months raising essential funds for the project, with the help of the local community.

Working alongside the families and local community the all-women team worked incredibly hard in very hot conditions, and brought two homes from the pre-foundation stage to roof level in just a few weeks.

Nicole and Mary were overwhelmed by how valued the team felt on site, carrying out skilled jobs and encouraged to be part of building homes and transforming lives.

“The experience in El Salvador was life changing. The work was hard, but witnessing what our hands created and understanding the impact it would have, not just for the family but the whole community, made every bead of sweat worth it.

“The trip would not have been possible though without all those who supported our fundraising efforts, we can’t thank them enough.”

Home to almost six million people, El Salvador is the smallest, yet most densely populated country in Central America. Habitat concentrates its efforts on providing support to those families in need of adequate housing, without discrimination.

Every year hundreds of volunteers, from all races, faiths and backgrounds, travel in support of Habitat NI’s global partnership programmes.

Anyone interested in volunteering with Habitat’s Global Village programme in 2012 is invited to attend an information evening on Thursday, January 12 at 7.30pm in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Contact Jan Lindsay on 028 9024 3686 for further information or log on to www.habitatni.co.uk