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Make a difference through special volunteering events

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250 volunteers from Northern Ireland and Romania built 10 homes in 5 days.

This year, Habitat for Humanity Europe and Central Asia holds four special volunteering events. In April, it welcomes volunteers at the Easter Build in Beius, Romania. In late June, it runs Women Build in the Tavush region of Armenia. In August, Comanesti, Romania, hosts the Serve and Learn Build. In October, Building on Faith takes place again in the Tavush region of Armenia.

Every year, Habitat for Humanity Beius holds a weeklong Easter Build (PDF), making the dream of a simple, decent and healthy home come true for a low-income family on Good Friday. Habitat for Humanity Beius invites volunteers from around the world to be part of putting the foundation of love and joy for families in Romania. To join the build or find out more about the event, please contact Laura Ferent.

The Armenian Women Build (PDF) is a continuation of the successful 2010 event. As Ruth Anne Hamel, one of the Women Build participants said, “The women homeowners, local and expat volunteers, the interpreters and our Global village team of 13 awesome women demonstrated what I believe are some of the secrets to a happy, fulfilling life: the spirit of helping and serving others, the value of hard work, and the amazing rewards of opening your heart to new friendships across the world.” Women Builds empower women to bring about changes in their countries. International Women Build participants have an opportunity to build alongside local women and learn about their role in more traditional societies. To join the build or find out more about the event, please contact Zuzana Michalidesova.

The Romanian Serve and Learn Build (PDF) is an event that facilitates learning through service. Students, from 15 years old and over, come together to build homes, communities and friendships across cultures, while reflecting on their experience and the role they play to create a better world. Habitat for Humanity welcomes small groups of colleagues or friends consisting of four to five youth and an adult supervisor to join other similar groups from all over the world. We look forward to your applications. To get more details about the event, contact Laura Ferent.

The 2011 series of Habitat special events will be completed by Building on Faith (PDF) that allows people of all faiths to come together in Armenia –one of the first lands to embrace Christianity. This event will have a double significance as it is held on the week starting with the World Habitat Day, affirming Habitat’s Christian roots and its fight against poverty housing. Join us to build homes and communities of faith in Armenia! Contact us now by sending a message to Laura Ferent.

We look forward to having you in one of our special builds. Be the change you wish to see in the world!

What is next?
Habitat wants people not only to read about poverty housing but do something to fight it. You can support Habitat’s work in Europe and Central Asia in a number of ways. Here are some examples:

• Visit our donations page to support projects in Europe and Central Asia.
• Go to country profile pages to learn about other programs in Europe and Central Asia.

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