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Loreto students who will be spending time this summer working with Habitat for Humanity in Romania

This summer, five students from Loreto College Coleraine, Specialist School, are going to Romania, with Habitat for Humanity, to build homes for impoverished communities.

Year 13 students Rachael Gaile, Zara Levear, Orlagh Mailey and Katherine McIntyre and Year 14 student Fiona McLaughlin have devoted a great deal of time and energy throughout the year on fund-raising initiatives prior to travelling to Romania to take part in voluntary work with Habitat for Humanity. 

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian charity, which seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action worldwide. Habitat has built and renovated more than 300,000 homes around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter.

Habitat works in nearly 100 countries and more than 3,000 communities worldwide, through volunteer labour and donations, building simple, decent houses with the help of the partner families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.

Bean Ui Mhaolain, Social Justice Co-ordinator at Loreto College, commented: ‘As a school whose core values include justice and joy, it is clear that the girls are true Loreto ambassadors. As a school community, we are extremely proud of them; we wish them a safe and productive trip.’

The five students were wished well for this generous endeavour by Mr Brian Lenehan, Principal of Loreto College, on behalf of all the staff and students of the school.