From software to hardware
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.’’
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.