Declan Murphy

For going on a Habitat for Humanity trip is much for than a simple act of benevolence, it is a cultural exchange. Our gift was monetary in nature and the gift of the Zambian people was their beautiful culture, which they gave selflessly. I will never be able to repay for the incredible experience I had, but with tear glazed eyes upon departure, I promised my Zambian friends that I would be back.

Declan Murphy, Gonzaga College Habitat homeowner, Zambia

In March 2016, a group of students and teachers from Gonzaga College spent two weeks building homes in the community of Chipulukusu, Zambia. Here, student Declan Murphy, shares his experience.

I never thought I would desire to go to a place with no electricity, no showers or even toilet seats, but if you asked me to return to Chipulukusu I would in a heartbeat.

For me, the fifteen days spent in Zambia was a lesson in both humanity and the real essence of charity. Spending the guts of six months fundraising for our trip – with some sleepless nights and bleak wintery mornings- made me at times question whether it would be worth it. How could two weeks building change my life forever? However, the unsurmountable levels of both hospitality and kindness we received over the course of our two weeks blew even my most audacious expectations away. 

For going on a Habitat for Humanity trip is much for than a simple act of benevolence, it is a cultural exchange. Our gift was monetary in nature and the gift of the Zambian people was their beautiful culture, which they gave selflessly. To this day, I still feel indebted to the people we crossed paths with, for their generosity, sharing what little they had to ensure our stay was as comfortable as possible.

I will never be able to repay for the incredible experience I had, but with tear glazed eyes upon departure, I promised my Zambian friends that I would be back.

 

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