Friday 17 November 2017

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

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

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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