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Rosalind in Armenia

Parishioner Rosalind Harber is working for Habitat for Humanity, specifically in the "Global Village" volunteer program of Habitat for Humanity.

Volunteers can choose to go to countries all around the world where they will work to help build the house of a family that has a loan from Habitat. They provide vital manpower to construct the house, and while doing this, often find the experience quite transformational. They work together with other volunteers and will spend one or two of the days abroad also doing cultural activities - visiting local sites, museums, learning about the culture.

There are hundreds of Global Village trips every year, all over the world - there are also teams organised from the UK, America Northern Ireland, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia.. amongst others.

Rosalind writes: I can say that from having worked here for over a year now, people really have a wonderful experience on these trips, and it is true to say that the work they do makes a very real difference - and is very long lasting - what they build often is that family's homes for the rest of their lives.

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian NGO that works in over 100 countries to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness worldwide and create simple, affordable homes. Rosalind has been working for Habitat for Humanity in Bratislava, Slovakia since September 2010.

You can see the house that Rosalind's team were building last year in the photo below

Rosalind is raising money to enable more houses to be built in Romania. She has started a virtual house which you can donate to by clicking here.

To find out more about Habitat for Humanity and the work they do in England, click here

This year, 2012, there are two events in which Rosalind is actively involved, and wants to share with us
A Peace Build (30th June - 8th July)
.. and a ... Family Build, 28th July - 5th August
The Peace build ... we would be helping a family renovate or build their own house made of tuft – the traditional Armenian construction material;  The Family build ... this is an unusual build in that it accepts children, from the age of 8 upwards (they must be accompanied by a parent).
Habitat for Humanity Europe and Central Asia welcomes people from around the world passionate about making homeownership a reality for people in need, one house, one family at a time.  The Armenia Peace Build gives you the opportunity to experience a new culture, build new relationships and work alongside an Armenian family to help break the poverty cycle.

If you're interested in being a volunteer, click here for more information on the Peace Build and click here for more on the Family Build
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