Women Build: March 2020
It was deeply humbling to work beside women who overcome so may obstacles to provide for their families. Their Habitat home was a new beginning filled with hope.Previous Women Build team member
Celebrate International Women’s Day in Delhi, India supporting Habitat’s life-changing work with vulnerable women in resettlement colonies.
Poverty has a woman’s face. Globally, more than two thirds of people living in poverty are female. Women and girls who live in poor housing, without a proper toilet, are particularly vulnerable to disease and abuse.
Women Build will take place in Delhi, in a resettlement colony like Savda Ghevra. Many of the 25,000 families living in Savda arrived after being forcibly evicted from their homes to make way for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Imagine a mother’s fear as she lost her family’s home, security and stability.
Women Build will support Habitat Ireland’s partnership with Habitat India which is building new homes and proper toilets for vulnerable communities in Delhi and Rajasthan. Be part of this life-changing work that uplifts women, and their families, freeing them from vulnerability and abuse, and giving them a firm foundation for the future. Learn more about the work in this video:
Habitat co-ordinates everything for a safe and rewarding experience. You don’t need special skills to take part.
Day 1-3: Depart Ireland, arrive in India & orientation
Day 4-8: Build and closing celebration with the community
Day 9: Possible visit to Taj Mahal & depart
Dates dependent on flight availability.
Supporting Habitat’s Work
The budget to take part is €2,900 per person (this includes a non-refundable deposit, travel, insurance, orientation materials, in-country expenses, a debrief and a minimum €900 donation towards Habitat’s work).
There are lots of ideas and resources to support fundraising. Volunteers must be clear about what the funds raised will support.
Need to know
Where will I stay?
Accommodation will be clean and safe; usually a modest hotel or guest house. Local Habitat staff will organise transport to and from the work site.
What will I eat?
You will have the opportunity to try local food but in most cases you will have access to food you will be familiar with too! Bottled water will be provided to keep you hydrated. Include allergies or specific requirements in your application form.
What will I be doing?
There are a variety of tasks you could be laying bricks, mixing cement, moving materials, installing doors and windows or put up the roof.
Whatever you do, you will build relationships and new hope for the future. You don’t need any previous experience; in-country Habitat staff will be delighted to welcome you and all sites are fully supervised.
What age do I have to be to take part?
You must be 16 and over to join the team. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or can join a Youth Build. If you are older than 75, get in touch to discuss insurance.