Three Indian women Vimalesh, Rajni and Shiv Devi are eternally grateful to the students from Doshisha University in Kyoto, for giving them a roof over their heads. The poor women hailing from a village in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district were gifted this labor of love and philanthropy thanks to the hard work put in by the Japanese students and Habitat for Humanity-India.
It took the students 14 days to hand build the homes from scratch. They were a part of the program that builds low-cost housing for families living below the poverty line. The student team comprised of 10 girls and 8 boys and was headed by M Yuki. They arrived in the Khangri village of Nadbai Panchayat, and performed their task despite the sweltering heat. The group impressed the villagers with their dedication to the cause.
The students commuted from their base camp to the village and did manual labor like carrying stones to the site, digging the foundations, preparing concrete and assisting masons and laborers. Haru and Ochaka, two students from the group, described their experience as the most unforgettable because of the gift they were about to give three women. The students were also overwhelmed by their brush with poverty and its challenges, something they could never fathom back home in Japan.
[Via Deccan Herald]