PEI Habitat Experience

“I can’t fix the world’s problems. But I will do what I can to make a difference where I can”– Author Unknown

This past week I was able to travel to the beautiful province of Prince Edward Island. I was given the opportunity to participate building a house for Habitat for Humanity, for a single mother and her daughter located in the Nine Mile Creek, Cornwall. The experience for me was truly life changing, mentally and physically.

Habitat for Humanity is an extraordinary organization, which supports families at or below the poverty line. Habitat helps them by having these families pay a mortgage on their house (this money goes towards future houses for other families), and the family must volunteer for at least 500 hours, it helps continue the cycle of creating more homes for other families in similar situations.

This is what I like most about Habitat, this organization doesn’t just give the houses out for free, and they get the families involved in the process. You can physically see where your time, effort, and contributions have gone. While meeting the family we were helping, I could see how grateful and appreciative they were. It made it me work harder when I felt tired, sore, or discouraged to continue working. Thinking of the family, and how happy they would be, helped me to push through it all, and made it all worthwhile in the end.

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This was a life changing experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. It was nice seeing how thankful the family was for everyone’s hard work in the end. I would volunteer for another Habitat for Humanity site again, no questions asked.

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