Form 6’s Volunteer to Build a House!

“Bright and early on Saturday the 18th of June, several of Fatima’s Upper six prefects found themselves at the school’s compound. These boys had not forgotten which day it was, nor were they attending lessons, but in fact were there for a much more altruistic cause.

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The select few were volunteering their time and energy and journeyed into rural Trinidad, where they aided in the first steps of building a new home for a less fortunate middle aged couple. The couple’s current place of residence is a less than comfortable looking wooden shack located on a mountain in Gran Couva. Working with an organizer from Habitat For Humanity the boys began to work immediately on the new home. Habitat For Humanity is an association which functions purely off of others volunteering and donating. Hence all the materials used in construction had been donated. For a group of boys with no formal qualifications in masonry or carpentry I think we did quite well.

When we arrived there were only a few concrete blocks and some string marking level ground, but when we left the house had a foundation, painted floorboards and even a front step. All the boys had a great time working together and overall I would say it was a huge success!”

Adam Rafeek