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Redland High girls boot up for Zambia

Redland High girls boot up for Zambia

Twelve students from Redland High School for Girls in Bristol have joined a charitable building project in Zambia with ‘Habitat for Humanity’ which helps build safe, affordable homes for families living below the poverty line in over 90 countries.


Redand High girls

The girls are giving up 2 weeks of their summer holidays during which they will be faced with working in harsh, building site conditions, so the school approached Dickies, the Radstock, Somerset based work wear manufacturer and supplier, who were pleased to step in and provide each of the team with a pair of tough safety boots.

Handing over the boots to Caro Wedgwood, Biology teacher at Redland High and leader of the Habitat for Humanity project for the School, Jeremy Fraser, Managing Director of Bristol PR consultancy Market Connections, representing his client Dickies, said: “The girls are showing great strength of character in volunteering for this task and in giving up part of their well earned summer break, so we are delighted to reward this act of selflessness by helping to make their working days just a little more comfortable.”

‘Habitat for Humanity’ works in over 90 countries, including the UK and aim to eliminate poverty housing by giving people ‘a hand up – not a hand-out’. Homeowners have to put in what is called ‘Sweat-equity’, meaning that part of the cost of the house is written off against the hours they put in to help build it. They then pay off the cost of the materials in the form of a mortgage. By using volunteers such as the students from Redland High, labour costs are reduced and these savings can then be passed on to help pay local builders and other workers associated with the projects.

Mrs Caroline Bateson, Headmistress of Redland High School said, “We are very grateful to Dickies for supporting our students in this way. Whilst in Zambia, the students will have the opportunity to learn about the local culture through visits to the church and schools and find out more about health care provision in the community. They will be able to get to know the families who will live in the new houses and visit their current accommodation in order to compare the contrasts and fully appreciate the value of their work.”