Habitat Volunteers See the World in a New Way
The Bairds have built Habitat homes on every continent except Antarctica.
By Heather Wilkinson
Ernest and Kitty Baird from Danville, Ky., are both retired teachers. They have not been idle in their retirement, though. Since retiring from the classroom, the Bairds have been traveling the world with Habitat for Humanity building houses with families in need.
The Bairds participated in the Jimmy Carter Work Project for the first time in South Korea. They also have been on Habitat for Humanity Global Village trips to various countries including Chile and Romania and helped build the Tanzania house at Habitat’s Global Village & Discovery Center in Americus, Ga.
“As a tourist you don’t get to see the country from the inside,” says Ernest. “With Habitat we get to work with the local people.”
“We love to travel,” adds Kitty. “We like to get to know the local people and to leave something behind.”