Pro­ject adds spice

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

Porirua women can spice up their spring hol­i­days by join­ing a char­ity house-build­ing trip to Nepal this Septem­ber.

In a five- day blitz, three homes will be built for mem­bers of a fe­male spice-grow­ing co­op­er­a­tive in the Nepalese dis­trict of Jhapa.

Habi­tat Porirua or­gan­iser Gill Burns said the Spice­build is for women, by women.

Bam­boo and adobe houses will be built for mem­bers of the Nari Chetana Women Agri­cul­tural Co-op­er­a­tive, which be­gan 12 years ago, of­fer­ing mi­cro­fi­nanc­ing to help women save and bor­row money.

‘‘Habi­tat has a phi­los­o­phy of of­fer­ing a hand-up not a hand­out, and th­ese women have well and truly proven they want to be in­de­pen­dent. I feel priv­i­leged to be able to work along­side them,’’ Mrs Burns said.

She de­cided to ded­i­cate her life to help­ing Nepalese peo­ple while on an­other Habi­tat house­build­ing trip last year.

She has al­ready signed up 35 women to the trip and hopes to get 15 more. Porirua builder Clare Lennard is one of them.

Vis­it­ing a spice- grow­ing re­gion was a drawcard for some par­tic­i­pants, Mrs Burns said.

‘‘For some the idea of spice re­ally ap­peals. . . Oth­ers just re­ally want to help women.’’

Par­tic­i­pants will pay $5100 each which cov­ers flights, ac­com­mo­da­tion, food and a do­na­tion to Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Nepal.

No build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired but par­tic­i­pants should be fit and have a can-do at­ti­tude, Mrs Burns said.

Af­ter the build, Spice­build mem­bers can re­turn to New Zealand or em­bark on a week­long tour of Nepal.

Mrs Burns is also fundrais­ing $1000 to buy a spice grinder for the Nari Chetana co-op­er­a­tive.

Mem­bers presently have to travel 40km to grind their spices.

Vol­un­teers need to reg­is­ter in­ter­est as soon as pos­si­ble for a Septem­ber 30 de­par­ture date. Phone Gill Burns on 237 8417 or 027 669 0227.

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