HEFY has the opportunity to do good all over the world. But you might be thinking, “What type of good?” or, “How did I contribute to this?”
Say you are sifting through sand as you are at the worksite in your beautiful country having the time of your life with all of your new best friends when you have this thought come to mind, “What does this sifting do to help?” This impact letter is to help you and all HEFY Builders truly see what we like to call the Big Picture!
In the summer of 2019, with all of our Builders, Parent Builders, and Trip Leaders we had 7,800 working hands all across the world who totaled a contribution of 280,872 hours on the worksites!
Think of the variety of infrastructures that you helped build to provide education, shelter, and safety for families and communities — 64 to be exact. Not only do these projects bless the students and families, they are also beneficial to those who work with us. While building in each country, we hired local coordinators, project managers, architects, and foreman. These individuals were key to helping HEFY get to know the culture as well as those they were serving. As we worked with the locals to build these homes, this provided 10,000+ jobs throughout our 36 global locations. Just take a second and think of the families and other beneficiaries of this, the impact truly just keeps spreading.
Are you starting to see this “Big Picture”?
Well, let’s go straight to the source and hear from a few of our beloved locals of the impact they have witnessed in their country.
“The results have been very positive! Approximately 80 to 100 more students have been able to access primary and / or secondary education. On the other hand, the classrooms that we build are also used as a community meeting area, for workshops, for training, etc. Once the perimeter of the school was fenced, it became a safe area for children and young people and a gathering place to carry out different community activities. In this community of natives one of the sources of income is crafts and the “new school” which is what they call the entire buildings we constructed or repaired, and all that also became a community center. The before and after really shows an abysmal difference in how all the school is the center of the community.”
“Truly each one of the members of the five groups that came to serve, have worked very hard and have left a legacy of love and service to these our much-needed indigenous brothers. This project in particular has been very special and emotional, and proof of this is that on the opening day when the school was finished and handed over to teachers, children, parents and community leaders, the spirit felt very strong and everyone had tears of joy and gratitude in their eyes!”
As you can see, this “Big Picture” we speak of is changing lives through responsible service.
Some Quick Facts:
- 3387 of builders
- 317 parent builders
- 197 trip leaders
- 36 locations
- 52 classrooms
- 8 restrooms
- 1 children’s home
- 4 community centers
- 2,000 + of students who get to use these projects
- ~ 10,000+ jobs produced income
- 7560 bricks
- 10 homes
- 3 health clinics
- 64 infrastructures built over a course of three months
- 280, 872 hours contributed at the worksite
- 9 Youth Refugee Coalition trips
- 9,609 volunteer hours working with refugees
- Led 80+ classes/activities with refugee children (sports, English, crocheting, crafts, conversation club