There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you don't do them- Charles D. Gill
If I were released from 'architecture school' I would...
1. travel around the world
If I had the money and time I would love to travel to as many places I could. I want to experience as many different cultures as I can in my life. The world is a beautiful place and I want to see as much of it as possible.
2. do Habitat for Humanity
If I were to only travel around the world I would not be helping the environment. I would not be helping other people or the environment, so I think I would also like to do Habitat for Humanity. If I did this then I could travel to many countries and help build houses of family in desperate need of the help. With this I could go to South Africa, Egypt, Congo, Rwanda, Madagascar, Congo, Kenya, Uganda, or many more places.
In South Africa 57% of the population live in overcrowded urban areas. Habitat for Humanity South Africa has built 1700 houses in 18 communities which has given 10,000 people shelter. It would be a great experience to do Habitat for Humanity because I would be helping many people and be able to do what interests me, travel and architecture.
Here is a Real Life Story of a family that had a house built for them.
Octavia and her family were living with her mother in an overcrowded house with 10 people. Octavia was desperate for a home of her own, so was thrilled when she heard about Habitat for Humanity through a friend and her application was accepted in the Ethembeni project.
Octavia is now living in the new home with her two sons and their two cousins. Nkanyiso (22), the eldest, contributed some of the ‘sweat equity’ required from the families by HFHSA. He celebrated his birthday during the build and says the house is the best present he could have received! “
The house is closer to Octavia's work, cutting down on transport costs. All of the family was looking forward to living in the Ethembeni community. They say they have an even closer bond now than before because of their collective participation in the project. They thank God and Habitat for Humanity for this opportunity to own their own home
This is a video clip of Habitat of Humanity in Uganda