From soft­ware to hard­ware

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JENNY LING

Paul Brady is no stranger donat­ing to char­ity.

The 35-year-old gives money reg­u­larly to World Vi­sion, Star­ship and Unicef.

But build­ing a house in one of the world’s poor­est coun­tries will be some­thing new for the gen­er­ous soft­ware en­gi­neer.

Brady is head­ing to Nepal with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, which hopes to build 100 homes to help fam­i­lies liv­ing in poverty, in Novem­ber.

‘‘It’s easy to give money to people but giv­ing your time and en­ergy is a dif­fer­ent way to give,’’ he says.

‘‘I’m look­ing for­ward build ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity is an in­ter­na­tional not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which aims to elim­i­nate home­less­ness by build­ing ad­e­quate hous­ing.

It is look­ing for 150 New Zealan­ders to join an in­ter­na­tional team of about 1300 to build 100 homes for fam­i­lies liv­ing in the Chit­wan prov­ince in south­ern Nepal.

Us­ing sim­ple con­struc­tion tech­niques and ma­te­ri­als like bam­boo and brick, the New Zealand team will build 10 of the homes with help from the fam­i­lies who will even­tu­ally oc­cupy them.

Habi­tat’s Con­rad LaPointe will lead the project.

He says the fam­i­lies are agri­cul­tural work­ers liv­ing in poor hous­ing con­di­tions.

‘‘It’s an area poverty,’’ he says.

‘‘These are people who are liv­ing in in­for­mally con­structed houses – they’re shacks ba­si­cally.

‘‘This will sup­ply a safe and se­cure place that won’t get flooded when the rains come.

‘‘They will be real homes that are built to last.’’

LaPointe says




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build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary but vol­un­teers need to be fit and healthy.

‘‘There’s jobs for ev­ery­one – age and ex­pe­ri­ence are no bar­ri­ers,’’ he says.

‘‘We’re try­ing to make an im­pact on this part of the world that will last for gen­er­a­tions.’’

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity will also com­plete eight homes for low­in­come fam­i­lies in Auck­land this year.

The Nepal trip is from Novem­ber 15 to 23. Par­tic­i­pants can take part in a tour or ex­plore Nepal on their own af­ter the build.

The trip costs $5600 and this in­cludes flights, ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals and a do­na­tion to­wards the build­ing project.

Off to Nepal: Paul Brady is head­ing to Nepal to help build houses for a Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity project.

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