Friday 18 August 2017

Hundreds of Irish embark on building blitz in rural South Africa

Volunteers rewarded with dance, song and laughter for their efforts

Jane Last in Kokstad, Eastern Cape, South Africa

When you have 120 orphans enthusiastically thanking you for making their lives somewhat better, it can only make you work harder.

More than 100 Mellon Educate volunteers are working in 30 degree heat constructing projects on three different sites across a vast rural area in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Some 1,300km away, another 220 Irish volunteers with the charity are working on the Oranjekloof primary school in Cape Town.

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