Friday, August 29, 2008

"Martin Luther King Jr. said,” Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

The Global Village Team of Habitat for Humanity International is an excellent way to serve the less fortunate community and connect with people across the world. Teams from the Republic of Korea have joined the people in Jhapa to work towards building better houses. Three consecutively Korean teams have helped build 5 houses in various parts of Jhapa.

The teams worked from July 10-24, July 24-31 and August 7-14, 2008. The first and the third teams worked under partnership with Samuhik Hatemalo Sewa Samuha and the second team worked with Samjhauta Nepal.

Team Members cutting, splitting bamboo and weaving bamboo wall

Everyone worked well despite the hot and humid weather to fulfill their endeavor to build homes for the community. Teams, alongside community members, home partners, Habitat staff and partner staff worked hard, cutting bamboo, splitting bamboos and weaving bamboo walls. As well as there time and effort, two teams donated money towards community service programs

The daughter of the home partner of the first team Monika Tamang 15 Yrs old shared, “Earlier, all my books would get wet and I would not be able to do my homework in the rainy days. I used to get punishments at school for not completing my task. It was all because of the leaky roof. These people have come all the way here and built a new house for my family. I will be able to concentrate on my studies finally. I am very thankful in this respect.”

The teams spent time with the community members and visited local schools, developing a lasting bond. The Nepalese and Koreans both leaned lots about each others cultures through the cultural exchange program.

The teams gave a lot to the community and were justly rewarded with a once in a lifetime experience. The teams helped Habitat continue its efforts to eliminate housing poverty worldwide.

The third team member Mr. Brian Oh expressed his experience, “The first thing that I saw in Nepal was cows walking in the middle of the road. It made me think about the worst condition of the country. But knowing the reality of the country and its poverty and adversity has made me compare it with my country. I am more determined to serve the people in need."

The month of June, July & August maybe the rainy season, but we were kept busy by the wonderful people of Korea, helping the people of Nepal. We hope that future GV teams can to serve the community so well and develop a lasting bond between countries.
Team 1

Team 2

Team 3


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