Habitat for Humanity Ireland’s Schools and Youth Groups Programme is calling out to you the youth of Ireland to get involved with their specially designed projects for secondary school and university students. See their feature in BellTime Magazine free online copy https://www.joomag.com/magazine/belltime-magazine-autumn-winter-2016-6/0137671001474812972?short
Volunteers will have the opportunity to spend 1-2 weeks building safe much needed homes for and with families in need. Anybody who has ever gone on a Habitat For Humanity overseas building project will tell you that this is perhaps one of the most seminal and life building experiences YOU will ever get the opportunity to participate in whilst your a student.Not to mention the fun,comradery,occasional aches (it works best when you put your back and heart&soul into it) and above all else that sense of worthwhile achievement that comes from joining other students like you in helping others so less fortunate than ourselves to actually build with the tools and aid you and Habitat for Humanity can supply to them.
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity for you, your friends and your school or college to get involved with this #BuildWithHope 2017 Campaign.
Habitat for Humanity Ireland’s Schools and Youth Groups Programme is a unique programme opening the mind of students and young people to a world of global issues and practical volunteering experience – changing their life for the good of others.
Through their Schools Programme they send young people aged 16-18, transition year and 5th year students across the globe to build homes alongside families and communities in need. The students commit to the team by attending training, team building, and actively fundraising.
Youth Groups such as sports teams, youth clubs, and other social groups can also sign up to volunteer overseas with Habitat for Humanity for 1 or 2 weeks. Habitat for Humanity Ireland holds Open Youth Builds. Secondary school students aged 16-18 can sign up to volunteer overseas with other students from around Ireland. The inaugural Open Youth Build was in April 2015. Click here to read about the trip.
Habitat for Humanity does not build houses for people, it builds with them. We work together with homeowners and volunteers to construct, renovate, or refurbish homes using donations of money, land and materials. Once completed houses are sold to partner families at below market cost, providing a hand up rather than a hand out.
At the core of Habitat’s mission is the conviction that access to affordable shelter is a basic human right. We are committed to working with people of all backgrounds, races and religions in the fight against poverty.
Habitat for Humanity Ireland was founded in 2002 and has developed programmes in a number of areas:
1. Overseas Programme
The Habitat for Humanity Global Village programme is a unique opportunity for enthusiastic and committed members of the Irish public to volunteer on Habitat projects overseas.
These trips are a hands-on, grassroots experience in which volunteers live and work alongside future homeowners, community members and local trade professionals.This is an opportunity to have a fantastic experience overseas while making friends, challenging yourself, learning about a different culture and giving something back!. Small teams of volunteers travel for up to two weeks to various locations around the world. No construction experience is required as all training is provided onsite by skilled professionals. Throughout the process there is full support from Habitat for Humanity.
2. Local Programme
Habitat also works to address inadequate housing in Ireland. They work in partnership with Dublin City Council, local government authorities, other non- profits and communities to build and renovate houses in Dublin to allow low income families the opportunity to buy their own home.
3. Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)
The OVC programme aims not only to build houses for children orphaned and made vulnerable by the spread of HIV/AIDS, but to significantly reduce their vulnerability by increasing their security and access to basic necessities and services.
4. Disaster Response
One key to fulfilling our mission of eliminating poverty housing worldwide is to make disaster response and disaster risk reduction strategies a top priority. With the number and severity of disasters increasing around the world, Habitat for Humanity is called upon more and more to respond.
5. Housing Support Services (HSS)
Habitat has adapted its model to include non-construction services to allow us to serve more families each year. Their HSS includes training individuals in business and construction techniques and offering micro-finance loans to homeowners to make improvements to their homes.
Around the world, women face significant barriers to owning property. At Habitat for Humanity we are committed to promoting gender equality through assisting women in becoming homeowners and advocating against unfair legal practices that prevent women from inheriting or owning property.
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