13 December 2010
An engineering expert has returned home after volunteering to help to build 140 homes in Cape Town, South Africa, to support people in need.
George Mimnagh, a consultant at global infrastructure consultancy, WYG, volunteered his time and expertise to help over 700 volunteers with the build organised by charity Niall Mellon Township Trust. This will be the charity’s ninth blitz in Cape Town, and by the end of this year, 15,000 homes will have been built throughout the townships of South Africa, giving much improved living conditions, health benefits and a new future to over 80,000 people.
With over 10 years experience in the engineering arena, George is no stranger to a challenge but found that this project was life changing in more ways the one. He said: “Being a part of this build has been amazing. To see the difference that the work already completed has made really does make you think about the things we take for granted.
“We were helping in Wallacedene, a settlement in the eastern suburbs of Cape Town, where the population of 68,000 is living in 9,000 shacks and the life expectancy is only 43 years of age. The new homes are going to make a significant difference to the living conditions of this community which is a very heart warming feeling to know I have been a part of.”
Since starting in 2002 the charity has built 15,000 homes and has housed 80,000 people. It has recently launched its target to make it 100,000 people by the end of 2011.
To become involved in the 2011 Niall Mellon Township Trust Building Blitz or to find our more visit www.nmtownshiptrust.com.
Photo caption: ‘Purple Team’ volunteers from the Niall Mellon Township Trust on their recent trip to
Cape Town (George Mimnagh, WYG - Centre)