Dryden Rotarian Sally Sipos says Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village trip to build a house for a family in a developing country can be a “life changing experience”. Sally has been on 5 builds and will lead one in May of this year.
Sally Sipos speaks to club“It’s an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of development issues about another culture and about you, yourself,” Sally told her fellow Dryden Rotarians.
Teams consist of anywhere from 8 - 20 members. Each pays her own way and for the materials used in the build
“Build” days occur from Monday to Thursday, going from 8 AM to 5 PM while Friday is usually a shortened day in order to have a celebration during the afternoon.
Day 1 is almost always a day preparing the ground, so there is lots of shoveling.
The rest of the days involve mixing mortar, sifting sand, hauling stones/rocks , making rebar columns, digging trenches and septic fields, laying blocks, packing dirt, raising columns or building walls. The roof however is put on by a local contractor. Just as satisfying as building the home  is making friends, visiting schools, and sharing laughs.
Sally will be going on her next build on May 23.