Thursday 22 February 2018

A lending hand

• I am writing in response to the article published in last Friday's Irish Independent, about Irish builders in South Africa.

I was disheartened to read the article, which offers an utterly false view of what the charity stands for, as well as a total misrepresentation of the Irish volunteers.

I am a volunteer builder with the Niall Mellon Township trust and I go to South Africa each year for one simple reason – we are needed there. I find it quite hilarious that you can compare Ireland's "schools with leaking roofs and stinking toilets" to the levels of housing and schools in the townships of South Africa. I understand there are people in Ireland who are certainly less fortunate than in previous times, but not many share the struggles and difficulties that the people in the townships face.

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