Archive for Monday, March 30, 2009

Lawrence volunteers plan trip to Africa to build houses

March 30, 2009


A team of 10 people from Lawrence Habitat for Humanity will be traveling this summer to Mozambique to build houses.

This will be the second time since 2005 that Lawrence Habitat will have sent a team to the African country.

“This trip was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had,” said Ellen Bartz, a nurse at the Lansing Correctional Facility, who made the first trip.

The houses will be built in a Mozambique style using indigenous materials that are renewable. Such a house costs less than $1,000 to build. It takes a week to make 1,000 bricks and dig latrines for the homes, Habitat members said.

The Lawrence team will be in Mozambique from July 25 to Aug. 9. Anyone interested in joining the team can call 832-0777 by April 10. Team leader Jerry Feese or others are available to talk about the trip also by calling that number.


james bush 9 years, 1 month ago

Who pays for it in the solicitations sent to everyone?

lawrencefan 9 years, 1 month ago

And Marion, you've no doubt done your part to help those people in Lawrence in need of shelter. Between your disparaging comments about anyone who may see things a little differently from you, that is.

ichbinjen 9 years, 1 month ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says… Disgusting. People right here in Lawrence need homes.

In response: Yes, and the very group that is going to help in Africa is building homes here in Lawrence! Not only will those in Mozambique gain homes, help, and wisdom from our volunteers, but can you even imagine the things that these people from Lawrence will learn? Can you imagine how inspired they will come back, these people who are already giving themselves to others in need? If we restrict ourselves to the place we are at, whether it be in volunteering, visiting, studying, how will we ever learn anything? If everyone in the world restricts their mind, abilities, and efforts to the place they came from, we would be nothing more than a world of never evolving squares. Yes, we'd be different, but this wouldn't matter because no one care about anyone else.

overthemoon 9 years, 1 month ago

"What I have or Have not done for anyone, anywhere is not the issue."

It is the issue. The central issue. What have you done to promote any sort of good will, whether out in the community or here in the LJW comments? Is ill will and and a sanctimonious and belligerently narrow world view the answer to solving one single problem?

Sharon Aikins 9 years, 1 month ago

Granted there is need here but there is far greater need in many more places. Some people are driven by a humanitarian need to help others. These people going to Africa have done that right here in Lawrence and will continue to. In the process, the people they are serving will gain in knowledge and maybe a few will be inspired to help their own countrymen in return. This can have far reaching effects other than building a few houses. And for the people going, what a great opportunity not only to help others but to expand their own base of knowledge which also might come back to help the people of Lawrence. I know a couple of these people and I know that in the past when they have traveled to other parts of the US or the world, they have paid their own way. To me it does matter whether or not those complaining about this help being spread around have or have not done anything themselves to help anyone in need of it. How can we in good conscience criticize those that do help when we have done nothing ourselves?

overthemoon 9 years, 1 month ago

These people are the ones who do help, tirelessly, the needy here in Lawrence. What have you done lately for the needy, Marion? And how do we define the borders of our "community"? The city limits? The state border? our national shores and borders? The world is our community and every act of good faith enriches and strengthens every person on it. Again, I wonder why it is that people feel nobility in belittling the efforts of others to do a bit of good.

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