Habitat South Africa
October 07, 2011 | By: Andrew Centofante | Tags: travel
While in South Africa, Jane and I spent a day doing Habitat for Humanity in the township of Mfuleni. We helped move a lot of concrete blocks and roofing tiles. We mixed concrete and helped build the interior walls. I was really impressed by Jane and how she dived right in, getting her hands dirty and doing some heavy lifting. It was a lot of fun and it makes me happy that the woman in this photo will have a home. I will say that I was a little disappointed that we couldn’t do more. A lot of the work was skilled labor so there were moments where we had to just watch and get them tools when they asked. During these down times we got to play with some children from the neighborhood which is always fun. It was a bit overwhelming though, to see street after street of shacks and small concrete homes and wonder if we were actually helping anything. Hopefully this home will help this woman live more comfortably with her children. It is startling to think of all the luxuries and quality housing we take for granted. We live like kings compared to these people.