Building homes in rural China

A team from our Shanghai and Beijing offices recently joined Habitat for Humanity on a Young Leader's Build in Sancun Village, Guangzhou.

Sancun Village, located about two-and-a-half hours outside of metropolitan Guangzhou, is a remote village of about 1,600 people where villagers earn an average of RMB 5,000 (about US$790) per person, per year. Daba, the sub-village Habitat for Humanity (HFH) has chosen to work with, is home to about 60 people from 13 families, many of whom live in old mud-brick houses lacking proper sanitation and ventilation. This year, HFH has committed to building six new houses in Daba, and our five-person team joined in to help build one of these.

"When we arrived, the house that we were to work on had only the foundation laid and columns erected. It was also situated the furthest from the site where the bricks were deposited, and our team worked diligently to retrieve wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of bricks to lighten the workload for future construction workers. In addition to brick moving, we also learned to mix sand and cement to make mortar while some of us then used that mortar to lay bricks. The build was a tiring but deeply rewarding experience, as we were able to actually see the impact on the villagers' lives and track the progress of our work." – Hogan Lovells Habitat for Humanity team.

More than 80 volunteers from Mainland China and Hong Kong traveled to Sancun Village and moved about 30,000 bricks over the weekend, saving time and money in building these much-needed houses.

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