Women team up to build

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

I am woman, hear me saw.

Women are tak­ing the lead in a Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity home build at Bun­nings Ware­house in Els­don.

Builder Clare Len­nard is head­ing the pro­ject, and has over­seen sev­eral all- woman cor­po­rate groups vol­un­teer­ing on- site since work be­gan three weeks ago. Fe­male Bun­nings staff are pro­vid­ing the build­ing ma­te­ri­als and work­ing on-site in their spare time.

To en­sure a fe­male fo­cus through­out the three- month build, Wed­nes­days have been des­ig­nated women’s days, says Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity op­er­a­tions man­ager Gill Burns.

‘‘ We’re en­cour­ag­ing teams women to keep com­ing.

‘‘When women build, they be­come re­ally com­mit­ted to the pro­ject.’’

Women can be hes­i­tant when start­ing on a build­ing pro­ject, but are fast learn­ers once they’re shown the ropes, Ms Burns said.

‘‘ Men au­to­mat­i­cally put them­selves for­ward, but women want to ask some­one, ‘Can you show me how to do this?’ ’’

Vol­un­teers are wel­come to join the build, be they in­di­vid­u­als or groups – male or fe­male.

‘‘We don’t want to ex­clude men,’’ Ms Burns says.

The three-bed­room house tak­ing shape at Bun­nings is des­tined for Beauzami Cres, and will be the

of fam­ily home of Burmese refugees Bawi Tin Thang, his wife, Dawt Kyi Aye, and chil­dren, Sui Ren Chin, 14, Melissa Vel Thea Chin, 4, and Jamie Bawi Bik Thawng, 2.

The Thangs cur­rently live in a damp Can­nons Creek home which has given Sui res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems.

Bawi is a chef and is most look­ing for­ward to the kitchen in his fu­ture home.

‘‘I’m re­ally ex­cited. It’ll be nice – ev­ery­thing will be new, ev­ery­thing will be per­fect,’’ he said.

Women and men wish­ing to vol­un­teer on the Thang fam­ily home can con­tact Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity on 238 4251.

Home-mak­ers: It’s ladies’ day ev­ery

Wed­nes­day at a fe­male-fo­cused Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity house build in Els­don. Fu­ture home­own­ers Bawi Tin

Thang and Dawt Kyi Aye are with builder Clare Len­nard, Bun­nings staff Sonya Rameka, Katie Robert­son and Alana Matangi, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity

staff Marie Buzan and Gill Burns, fam­ily sup­port per­son Mary Gem­mill and Bun­nings em­ployee Char­lotte


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