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Unemployed Irish giving hope to African children

Despite losing their jobs, volunteers are gearing up to build a home for the blind, says Alison O'Riordan

Published 13/02/2011 | 05:00

Who would have thought that the spectre of unemployment could have an unexpected upside? For The Building of Hope Project, it has uncovered heroes.

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Builders, accountants, block-layers, doctors, nurses, plumbers and people from every walk of life who have faced the plight of being out of work are busy preparing for the trip of a lifetime to Africa, where they will bring a happy ending to a heartbreaking story.

"We are hoping to get more professionals for January 2012, but we also welcome people who are willing to take up a brush and paint or to sweep and clean. There's a role for everyone and for both sexes," said project co-ordinator Olive Halpin, a Clare woman who had the vision of hope and out of that grew the Building of Hope Project.

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