Building to end poverty

Women, pick up that hammer and those bricks and join your sisters in arms in building houses for sixteen poor Toronto families.

The Habitat for Humanity Women Build is hosting a build blitz to help families rise above poverty, by providing them with a new place they can call home.

“We are expecting over 1,500 volunteers to come out to build over the course of the nine-day blitz,” Joanna Matthews, the communications and events coordinator of Habitat for Humanity, said.

A special emphasis is placed on women lending a hand, as the site describes a Women Build as including “all the benefits of a regular Habitat for Humanity build, but adds a twist by focusing on the encouragement of women to get involved in what is considered an otherwise male dominated profession.”
A total of 16 houses are expected to be built during the blitz which is set to take place in Scarborough, from May 1 to May 9.
The organizers are also asking that donations also be made so to help pay for the materials needed.

As of April 20, the Habitat for Humanity Toronto’s Women Build raised a total of $ 1,868,800, reaching 93% of its goal a $2 million.

“It’s going to be a truly inspirational experience and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

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Posted: Apr 23 2009 6:06 pm
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