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Children & Young People · 01:25

The Building of Hope

  • By Alan Kennedy · Ireland, Europe

 

The Building of Hope

Main aim of the charity

The “Building of Hope” is a project relying solely on Irish Volunteers & Public Donation in an attempt to bring Care, Education, Hope and Support to those who have nothing. It began with a vision of hope of a better life for those living in dire poverty in Africa, for those ravaged by the HIV virus or lacking facilities for Education, Health and other simple things we often take for granted. What makes the “Building of Hope” stand out from a lot of other Charities is that we rely exclusively on donations from the public; we are run on a purely voluntary basis and are only able to exist thanks to the time donated from our volunteers, who wish to give back to the under-privileged. Every cent that is donated goes towards the charity. Not one volunteer involved in our charity is on any type of wage!

How the employee got involved and why

I became involved with this charity through my work as DHL courier. I often delivered shipments into the office of the charity and would have conversations with the staff about their work and how and why they did it. I thought it was such a fantastic way to help those less fortunate and one day I decided that I would love to get involved in whatever way I could

What work does the employee do for charity?

The main bulk of my charity work was done in Mombassa, Kenya. In order to travel I had to get involved in raising much needed funds that would support my trip as well as the charity in Kenya. This took the form of fundraising events in the lead up to my trip. Once we finally arrived in Kenya the work involved 9 days of hard slog from 6am to 4pm every day and the activities could have been painting, carpentry, building, mixing concrete to name just a few. We also got to spend a tremendous amount of time with the children building relationships and having them perform traditional dances and shows in Swahili for us.

What impact would winning have on the charity?

So many children in the town that I visited are born blind or develop glaucoma or cataracts. They have a school/orphanage where they can get the support they require but the facilities leave a lot to be desired. The charity would benefit from any amount of a contribution and it would impact not only the children but the lives of their families too. It would enable the charity to continue to give support to these children.

What impact would winning have on the employee?

I didn't expect to be as impacted by the charity work that I complete as I was but visiting the facility in Kenya and meeting the children left a lasting impression on me. It was so humbling to see how generous and full of life these children were even though they had nothing. To be able to offer additional support in terms of monetary resources would be amazing but my real aim is to go back to Kenya again and give my time and support to help these children.

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