Paul Rowe High students help with Habitat for Humanity project in Fairview

Paul Rowe High students help with Habitat for Humanity project in Fairview

This weekend Paul Rowe High School students and staff (PRH) are volunteering more of their time to help with the Habitat for Humanity build project in Fairview. This is their second trip to help with the world renowned organization that provides affordable housing to local families in need.

“This experience helps students because it opens their eyes to the need for appropriate housing in communities like ours, allows them to give of themselves and teaches them new skills.” says PRH educator Tamara Czaban.

Last month four PRH students volunteered at the build-site in Fairview where they helped with insulation, installing vapour barrier and prepped the basement structure for electrical wire installation.

“It was very rewarding and it made me happy knowing I was helping someone who needed help” says PRH student Dolsey Henitiuk.

Tamara Czaban initiated student involvement in the cause through her past experience and passion with Habitat for Humanity. While teaching in Bali, Tamara formed a student group who took part in two four day-long builds. Tamara also took part in a week-long build in El Salvador last Easter.

Tamara also notes that Habitat for Humanity project in Fairview hopes to have the families in their houses by Christmas and Tamara and the students challenge other schools to get involved.

“I challenge all schools in the area to send students and teachers to help with the build” says Tamara. “The only way they can get the houses finished by Christmas is with our help. Just think what a marvelous experience this is for our kids to have such a meaningful impact in the lives of others.”

When students were asked how to describe the experience for others who may be considering being involved, student comments included:

“It felt good to know I helped a family” – Jacqelin Jacobsen
“My experience with Habitat for Humanity was fun. I liked helping and meeting other volunteers” – Antonia Brand
“I would tell anyone thinking of going to that it was a lot of fun and they should go” – Jayden McDowell

Habitat for Humanity is an organization that builds safe, decent and affordable houses for families in need (partner families). Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit, are financed with zero percent interest and the mortgage payments go into a revolving fund used to build more homes.

PRH students, parents and staff look forward to their next trip to volunteer on October 18, 2014.