Women sought for Habitat for Humanity build

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Delegates break the ground on Habitat for Humanity’s first-ever women build at 1201 18th St. W. on Thursday. At left is Haenay and Roseline Htoo, who will move into the building with their four children, Eh Ray Sa, Hset Eh Pla, Shellda and Justify. 

With the ground broken for Habitat for Humanity Prince Albert’s first-ever all-women’s build, organizers are looking for women to start construction.

 

And Prince Albert Northcote MLA Victoria Jurgens has custom-made pink hammers to hand out.

“It’s about giving back to the community and it’s a wonderful opportunity to show in a concrete way our commitment back to the community,” one of the build’s organizers Barb Hogeweide said.

Hogeweide represents Deloitte chartered accountants, which has a team of female staff members chomping at the bit to get going on the project.

They’d hoped to get the building’s footings in on Thursday, but rainy conditions forced them to settle with a groundbreaking -- ceremonial since a large hole for a basement has already been dug out.

“Working in a non-traditional environment is something that many women haven’t had an opportunity to do, although certainly now more than has been the case in the past,” she said. “I know there are many more who are planning to sign up.”

She’s already lined up 50 volunteers, but she said the more the merrier, with women encouraged to sign up for the build online at habitatpa.ca.

It’s about giving back to the community and it’s a wonderful opportunity to show in a concrete way our commitment back to the community Barb Hogeweide

“Many workplaces are using this as an opportunity to get a group of their staff together for the day and come out and take on a project and do some team-building,” Hogeweide said.

Volunteers hope to get the Habitat for Humanity family into their new home by the end of August -- weather dependent, as always, she noted.

Habitat for Humanity Prince Albert has lined up the Htoo family for the home, at 1201 18th St. W.

Haenay and Roseline Htoo will move into the house with their four children, Eh Ray Sa, Hset Eh Pla, Shellda and Justify.

Originally from a Thai refugee camp, the family moved to Prince Albert about seven years ago, aided by the Wesley United Church.

The family is of the persecuted Karen people, an ethnic minority in Myanmar (previously called Burma) who were expelled when British rule ended more than 50 years ago.

The provincial government is providing $65,000 toward this project and the Conexus Credit Union is providing $50,000. 

Organizations: Habitat for Humanity, Wesley United Church, Conexus Credit Union

Geographic location: Myanmar

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