Improve Community Services in Impoverished Areas
Basic community services such as health care, education and clean water are things many of us take for granted, but in impoverished areas, people often have to go without. Such services require a working infrastructure of solid buildings and equipment that simply doesn't exist in some communities, or has fallen into disrepair. By helping to build and repair local buildings and equipment, you can help bring critical community services to people who sorely need them.
Around the globe, 2 billion people lack access to basic community services such as electricity, clean drinking water and sanitation. And it's not just those in developing nations who suffer from the lack of these services: Even in the United States, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, about 17 million people are served by substandard facilities for drinking water.
Areas that lack essential community services can face health risks, fewer opportunities and seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their efforts to improve development.
Even if you have only limited experience with a paintbrush or hammer, you can work with a team of international volunteers and local villagers to construct community infrastructure integral to the provision of local services.
Typical projects include constructing or rehabilitating a health clinic, community center, orphanage, school house, or water system.
Construction tasks can vary according to your level of experience and physical fitness. You could find yourself repairing roofs, painting classrooms, constructing chairs, clearing brush, fixing window frames, landscaping a garden, installing a water system, or building a walking bridge.
Most construction projects are physically demanding. Living conditions can be fairly basic. But the rewards of establishing community services and helping an area advance will stay with you for the rest of your life.
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