This time last year I was boxed into a desk revising for my Junior Cert. This year my learning has taken on a new dimension. I am going to Zambia to build a home.

Dun Laoghaire to Zambia is a house building project taking place next year and it needs your help. We are a team of 14 teenagers, including 9 Cuala members, travelling with Habitat for Humanity to Zambia in June of next year. People of Zambia, brace yourselves.

The aim of the project is to build houses in a small village 10 minutes from Ndola. Picture 3 people you care most about in the world. Imagine them sitting in front of you. If they lived in Zambia the chances are two of them would be living on less than $1 a day. The struggle to keep a roof over their heads is a real one. Many of the families are living in small mud huts. This is a very big problem. When the rainy season comes many of the houses are damaged. Families are left exposed and vulnerable. Most of the houses don’t have a safe lock on them.

Enter our enthusiastic team of Cuala born hurlers and footballers. We will live with the local community for 2 weeks while building a stable brick house with a safe door and lock. This changes the lives of those who receive the houses. They can now keep their children safe at night. Dora’s story is a short video showing the difference Habitat for Humanity can make.

Dun Laoghaire to Zambia will be holding a number of fundraisers over the coming months and your support would be greatly appreciated. We would really value if any club members could let us know of any funding that may be available through such avenues as Corporate Social Responsibility Programs with companies they are involved in.

If you would like any further information on Habitat for Humanity or the Dun Laoghaire to Zambia project, stop me on the side of the pitch or contact Kevin on barrakaks@gmail.com or Laura on laura.spain@ucdconnect.ie

Many thanks

Cormac and the Dun Laoghaire to Zambia volunteers