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Dutch Volunteers build two houses for Lesotho beneficiaries

March 5, 2010

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Mr. Joep Raaijmakers (team leader for Dutch GV team) hands over a Bible and the keys to a new house to Mrs. Mampeli Molefe, a HFHL beneficiary. Also pictured in the left of the photo is Mr. Shadrack Mutembei, the HFHL National Director

Habitat for Humanity Lesotho (HFHL) handed over the keys for two houses to two vulnerable families in Nazareth. The homes were built with the help of volunteers from Holland who visited the country in the beginning of March.

The Global Village Program provides overseas volunteers with a week of hands-on service to improve the lives of Basotho people, while also sharing with them Lesotho’s rich cultural heritage.

The closing ceremony, which was held at Thaha-lia-Tloka in the Nazareth community of the Masery District, included speeches by the local chief, representatives from Habitat for Humanity Lesotho, Global Village volunteers, and members of the beneficiary families. The occasion was further enhanced with Basotho and Dutch cultural performances.

HFHL is an ecumenical Christian organization that seeks to eradicate poverty housing and provide vulnerable children and their families with a safe and decent place to call home. Community and volunteer engagement is a big part of the Habitat model, as we believe this promotes greater community buy-in and helps uplift and empower beneficiary families long after houses are completed.

While beneficiary families always participate in construction of their homes, bringing along Global Village volunteers further enhances the experience and cultural exchange. Volunteers work alongside community members, local builders, and family members, which creates a strong bond and provides added motivation to vulnerable families.