The majority of people in the village of Mwandi live in mud huts which are not built well enough to withstand the weather conditions. During the rainy season the homes deteriorate considerably and eventually the walls and grass roof give in and the hut collapses. Due to limited resources in the community and as most of the local people live on less than $1.00 per day they do not have the materials or financial resources to repair or rebuild their homes.
Along with our partner in Zambia we are working through a long list of families who desperately need a new home. Over 140 homes have already been completed which house over 800 orphans and their caregivers. However, there are many other families on the list, mainly people with disabilities, grandparents caring for their orphaned grandchildren, or those who are abandoned or neglected by their extended families. Volunteers are needed to support the efforts of the local organization and family members who also contribute their time to the construction of their house. Program staff are also onsite to supervise the construction each home.
There are three basic house sizes being constructed which is determined by the size and needs of the family. At this time all the houses are traditional mud houses with metal sheet roofing. In the future there are plans to construct basic brick houses and prefab concrete houses which are much stronger and can last up to up to fifty years.
Although some construction experience would be advantageous it is not a requirement for this program. Volunteers can help in many areas and will be assigned tasks based on their ability. Working outdoors can be hard so volunteers need to be physically fit, have a positive attitude and a genuine willingness to help.
Join us in Zambia and make a difference to a family in need!