Building Homes in South Africa
Volunteers fly out to South Africa in order to build ‘houses of hope’ for the orphans of AIDS victims.
I have supported the charity ‘God’s Golden Acre (GGA)’ since my first group went out in 2006. In total, 77 people in 8 groups have enjoyed this great experience with me in South Africa.
I do this as an individual, being passionately interested in helping those less fortunate than myself. I am not an organisation and do not do this for profit
The work is based in the ‘Valley of a Thousand Hills’ near Durban, a region of Zululand in ZwaZulu-Natal, which is less than one hour from Durban’s King Shaka International Airport.
At its peak there were estimated to be over 120,000 orphans in KZN alone and 200 babies a day were being born in South Africa with HIV.
Rather than put them in orphanages, God’s Golden Acre has started a programme to keep the children in the community by building cluster houses for them.
Houses of Hope
Over 2-3 weeks groups of up to 10 volunteers build a home for the orphans to live in.
The groups work hard, there is no denying it, but it is very satisfying!
Volunteers don’t have to have any experience of building either, but it helps. However, there is a local building team to show the groups how it’s done.
The building is a simple structure made from concrete blocks with a corrugated roof, metal windows and front door.
The groups tend to consist of about 10 people for a 2 or 3 week period building a house, usually for children on their own or a parent who has particular needs.
Volunteering for GGA is an incredible opportunity to explore South Africa, whilst making a real difference in the lives of children in need.
You’ll have the chance to experience:
The Trip Of A Lifetime
Build Homes for Orphans
Spend 3 weeks building homes for children in need.
Experience A New Culture
Meet The Orphans
Go On Amazing Trips
Experience A Food Drop
Each volunteer will be expected to pay for their flights and weekend trip, as well as raise money to cover their portion of the build cost (which is about £500).