Durban Resident Gets First Habitat for Humanity Experience
By Leigh Powell

Gillian Maylock laughs and says she may sound ignorant, but she had never heard about Habitat for Humanity until the Jimmy Carter Work Project came to Durban. A Durban resident, Gillian signed up to volunteer. Her assignment for the week of JCWP is manning one of the supply stations located throughout the build site; she keeps up with each house’s tools and building materials.

“I’ve never worked with Habitat before, but I want to do it again, if there are more builds here,” she says. Gillian also says she would like to do some construction next time she volunteers. But she admits, “In the morning when my back doesn’t hurt, I can be thankful I’m not actually building!”

Gillian says she has met countless people from all over South Africa, the United States and the rest of the world. She sums up her JCWP experience in one word: “wonderful.”

—Leigh Powell is an HFHI writer and editor on special assignment for the JCWP


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