Trip cost: US$1,824
Of the more than 200,000 orphans in Lesotho, more than 50 percent of them are living in rural areas considered to be vulnerable, leaving them exposed to the elements and lacking proper toilet facilities.
The Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project is Habitat for Humanity’s response to the AIDS/HIV crisis in Africa. According to the Lesotho Bureau of Statistics, the recent life expectancy is estimated at 39 years for men and 45 for women, leaving the 37 percent of the youth who make up the population orphaned and in need of decent housing. Habitat Lesotho provides trainings on house maintenance, basic hygiene and land tenure to reduce vulnerability and promote sustainability. If you join this trip you’ll work alongside Habitat for Humanity Lesotho and the future home owner to construct two-bedroom houses and sanitary ventilated pit latrines to increase access to decent housing and proper sanitation.
You’ll stay in double-occupancy rooms at a local hotel, where breakfast and dinner is provided. Lunch will be delivered to you on the work site. Typical tasks on the work site include: mixing mortar, pouring cement floor slab, moving bricks, passing mortar and some gardening. Off the work site you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the local community through traditional songs and dances, meeting the local chief or a friendly game of soccer.
- Friday: Depart. Grab your packed bags and head towards Lesotho!
- Saturday: Arrive. Fly into Johannesburg, South Africa, where Habitat staff greets you at the airport and provides ground transportation to Maseru, Lesotho.
- Sunday: Learn. After exploring the city Habitat staff will share about our innovative work in the region and brief the team on your project.
- Monday-Thursday: Build. Spend the day on the build site, breaking for lunch, snacks and water. You'll have free time and team activities in the evenings.
- Friday: Celebrate. Spend the morning on the build site and celebrate the week's accomplishments over dinner with Habitat Lesotho staff.
- Saturday: Goodbyes. Continue your journey independently or depart for home.
Leading this team
Mike and Trish will be leading this team and are excited to tell you more about their experiences!
"We try to live life to the fullest! A very, very important part of that is sharing with others the many gifts we have received. We have enjoyed organizing over 35 Habitat for Humanity Global Village trips more than anything in our lives, other than our own children and grandchildren. We value these opportunities to share with future homeowners and fellow team members our style of working, sharing, traveling, enjoying and, most importantly, giving. We hope to treat everyone on a Global Village build with respect, patience, kindness and humility. We make every effort so that each future homeowner, host community member, Habitat staff member and Global Village team member can have a joyous and meaningful experience."
For more information about joining Mike and Trish's team, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.