Volunteers To Travel To Malawi To Build Homes

May 19, 2015

Bermuda Overseas Missions [BOM] President, David Thompson announced that 32 volunteers would be travelling to Mulanje, Malawi on July 24, 2015 in conjunction with international charity Habitat For Humanity.

“I am very pleased to report that we have 20 Bermudian students who will joining 12 adults on this very important trip to Malawi. Students from Berkley Academy, Cedarbridge, MSA and Warwick Academy have volunteered to build houses in Malawi for some very vulnerable people.”

“Malawi has one of the worlds highest HIV/AIDS infection and death rates and more than half a million children have been left without parents and families. That’s approximately one quarter of all children aged 10-14 years who have been orphaned due to this infection. Its hard to imagine the scale of this human tragedy and our volunteers will be helping to bring hope and housing to an area of the world that needs so much love and support”.

“We will be working with Habitat for Humanity and building homes in Southern Malawi near the Mozambique border. These homes are part of the Orphans and Vulnerable Groups [OVG] programme and to date Habitat has built over 200 homes for these very unfortunate people.”

Mr Thompson says; “This is perhaps our most important mission in the 15 years that BOM has been working overseas and it would not be possible without the amazing support of local corporations such as Validus, Catlin, PartnerRe and Cellone. In fact, through their collective generosity we will be able to take 4 students from the Beyond Rugby programme on this once-in-a-lifetime trip. ”

“In addition to these generous corporate donations, the volunteers and students coming to Malawi have contributed hundreds of hours to fundraising activities including car washes, dog grooming, roti sales and are now excited about the upcoming Fish Fry on May 22 at Christ Church, Warwick which is our biggest single fundraising event of the year.”

“I want to thank the community for their on-going support of BOM and hope you will come out and meet the students that will be heading out on this mission and join us for a delicious fish dinner prepared by Keith’s Kitchen”.

To learn more about BOM and the mission to Malawi please contact Mr Thompson at david.thompson@ams.bm.

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  1. One can only admire all them courageous individuals assisting the international charity, “Habitat For Humanity”. To my fellow Bermudians, thanks for thinking of them that are far less fortunate than yourselves. Peace be with you all and may your experiences be safe.

  2. stunned... says:

    please be safe and take precautions to protect yourselves and your families and community when you return.