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Wesley students in Romania to build 10 houses

UP to 250 students from one of Dublin's most prestigious schools are giving up part of their summer holidays to build homes in Romania.

The Wesley College students are in Beius, where they aim to build 10 houses in five days, in association with Habitat for Humanity.

College principal Christopher Woods spoke of what the young volunteers are getting out of the experience.

"It is a real privilege for our students to work as part of a team, and help a family build their home," he said.

"During previous years, we have seen how all our students have had perspectives challenged and eyes opened."


In Romania, more than a third of the housing is inadequate.

Two thirds of Romania's poor live in rural areas and more than half of these have no access to piped water.

After the 10 homes are finished, the community will be named Wesley Way, to act as a reminder of the connection between the city and the college in Ballinteer.

Angela Tunney, of Habitat for Humanity Ireland, said: "This support has offered a hand up to families to lift themselves out of poverty."

This is the tenth year the school has sent volunteers.

In that time, nearly 500 volunteers have participated, raising €700,000 and building 29 new homes.