It has been said that the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. You truly don’t realize the value of things you normally would take for granted, and this message resonated with me as I took my journey to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity this past Spring of 2014.
My Experience in Ethiopia
After seeing first-hand the incredible impact that Habitat for Humanity has had on so many deserving families locally, I am honoured to have had the opportunity to assist in extending their reach globally, by travelling to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia where their housing crisis is one of the world’s worst.
With 80% of the population in Addis Ababa being homeless or living in substandard housing, a staggering 90% of the population has no access to decent sanitation facilities. 73% of the population does not have safe drinking water causing disease to run rampant.
In an attempt to assist with this crisis, I travelled to Ethiopia, alongside 11 of my amazing team members through Habitat for Humanity. We assisted in the construction of a water sanitation project, as well as building new houses, assisting in renovations and repairs, and working with vulnerable groups based on their individual needs.
Here are some images from my amazing time in Ethiopia: