What will I be doing?
Volunteers will join the community building project, focused on improving educational buildings and community health facilities. The daily tasks may include:
- Digging foundations
- Making doors and windows
- Constructing benches for the classrooms
- Making blackboards
- Digging wells
- Building toilets
Volunteers will join a team of local builders, charity staff and volunteers who will teach you the required skills to participate in the project so no previous building experience is required.
How will I make a difference?
Many villages in the area have no formal educational services and children have to walk 20km per day to attend schools in nearby communities. Alongside this, a lot of communities in this area of Madagascar have very limited access to toilets and clean running water. The project works to evaluate the needs of the communities, secure funding and prioritise the building of new schools, wells and toilets.
Volunteers work alongside the local building team and charity staff on the locally requested community construction projects. Volunteers help in all aspects of developing the new building projects, for example when constructing a new school, volunteers are involved from building the school foundations to constructing furniture once the build is complete. Volunteer assistance means that more children have access to education in their home communities and a better start in life.
Together with the local government, volunteers and the local team are helping to provide the community with access to clean water through new wells, which has had a direct impact on the health of local families. The new schools built in these rural communities also increase the children’s accessibility to vital education.