A Call for More Volunteer Builders and Tradespeople to Samoa; 10 More Homes Now Under Construction

Village of Saleaumua, South Coast of Upolu, Samoa: Three fales now complete. Volunteer builders and tradespeople from New Zealand, organised by Habitat for Humanity NZ, work alongside local villagers and tsunami-affected families to rebuild homes. NZ & Aus Aid to the Samoan Government covers about 90 percent of the costs and Australia has stipulated that building materials and supplies, where-ever possible, be purchased locally to help stimulate the local Samoan economy. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity NZ/David Lawson.

A call for more volunteer builders, electricians, plumbers and drainlayers to head to Samoa. You are needed to join the teams in January 2010. These are two week work periods. For more information, contact Habitat for Humanity  directly by clicking here

[tweetmeme]Habitat for Humanity New Zealand sent through the following photos to pacificEyeWitness.org yesterday afternoon. He says three homes are now complete and 10 under construction. Volunteer builders and tradespeople from New Zealand have been recruited by Habitat for Humanity NZ, who are project managing the Samoa Government’s rebuilding of tsunami-destroyed homes along the South Coast of Upolu.


The Government is paying for 90 percent of the costs with Habitat for Humanity NZ still needing more donations to help fund the remainder of the work they are doing. In addition to the Government rebuilding programme, church organisations in Samoa such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are rebuilding homes as well although they have not required the help of Habitat, or Government, to do that. They are independently financing the rebuilding of their member’s homes and chapels through Latter-day Saints member voluntary contributions from around the world, from what we understand.

(L)Samoa Prime Minister Sailele Malielegaoi Tuilaepa and Caroline Bilkey, NZ High Commissioner to Samoa, at the opening of the first fales. Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity NZ/David Lawson.

Volunteers & Habitat for Humanity NZ

Thank you to David Lawson at Habitat for Humanity for sending these photos. Plus, a special thank you, and debt of gratitude to all New Zealanders – builders and tradespeople – and others alike (we understand a team from the Waikato Times newspaper have volunteered) who have, and will be, volunteering their time to rebuild Samoa and the Tongan island of Niuatoputapu.

All volunteers are staying in the Church Hall at the village of Lepa on the South Coast of Upolu. Local Samoans are taking care of all volunteer meals. We know that they will do everything they can, in the Samoan way, to take care of New Zealand’s builders and tradesperson, and make sure they are well fed after a long day’s work.

Fa’afetai tele lava.

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