Brent Pope Rugby Legends
Rugby pundit Brent Pope travelled to Zambia in June 2012 with rugby greats Angus McKeen, Paddy Johns and Liam Toland and twenty volunteers from the rugby loving public. Check out videos and photos of the trip here.
Between 6th-14th June, the team worked with Habitat for Humanity to build homes alongside local families in Ndola, northern Zambia. They also passed on their rugby skills during a training session with local teams. This was Brent’s second trip to Zambia after travelling on a similar trip last year.
Click here for photographs from the 2012 trip to Zambia.
- Zambia has one of the highest incidences of poverty in the world with 64 percent, 7.6 million people, living in poverty.
- Approximately 82 percent of the people live on less than US$2 a day..
- The HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Zambia is 14.3 percent (2009) and the country was ranked seventh among the most affected countries in the world (UNAIDS) in 2008.
- The epidemic has significant gender biases. More women are living with HIV and AIDS compared to their male counterparts (Women 60%-Men 40%).
During this trip you will work alongside other volunteers and community members to build simple, decent homes.
As part of our Global Village programme, you fundraise to provide your team with the means to build new Habitat homes in Zambia, as well as to raise awareness of inadequate housing and poverty issues at home.
In this video, Brent goes back to visit Tibakombole, with whom he built a house in 2011, to find out how her new home changed her family’s life for the better.
See here for more videos of Brent and the team in Zambia!
1) Apply online
2) You will receive a phone call regarding your application
3) A meeting will be arranged with Team Leader to discuss the trip
4) Pay €250 deposit (this goes towards the fundraising target)
5) You are a Habitat volunteer!
As part of our Global Village programme, you will need to fundraise. Fundraising is important as it provides you and your team with money that will finance your trip to build or renovate Habitat homes in the country you visit. As well as this, there is a contribution towards the work of Habitat for Humanity which works to address poverty housing here in Ireland through the Local Programme.
You will need to fundraise approximately €3,000. This covers:
- A donation to Habitat for Humanity (€900)
- Pre-departure training
- Comprehensive insurance
- Local transport
- Weekend activities