WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20 2017: Habitat for Humanity in Trinidad and Tobago, is a non-profit social organization, which is known for building or rehabilitating homes for families, since 1997.
In addition to the construction industry, the NGO has an active community development programme which focuses on building capacity for communities, which lack the know-how and skills for a sustainable future.
Through applying to the Digicel Foundation’s Extraordinary Projects Impacting Communities (EPIC) programme, the organization was able to secure a grant to run a 4 week wood-work camp, for the youth in the Vance River area, La Brea.
The objective of the programme was to expose the youth with a skill that can be used to earn an income, and or perfect a trade that can be used as an alternative to furnish their homes. The youth learnt fundamentals in carpentry, such as how to use a power tool, measure, cut and sand.
Is speaking with Digicel Foundation Operations Manager, Cindyann Currency, Habitat for Humanity Programme Manager Natasha Daniels expressed her pride in the participants, and noted that at first they were not keen; however, they soon warmed to the initiative and became engrossed in building their own cupboards.
Upon completion of the wood-work programme, the attendees proudly displayed their finished products for members of the community, with an option to sell their handy work.
Other community partners included the Vance River Community Council.