Four Tauranga women are among an all-girl group heading to Mexico next month to build a house for a poverty-stricken single mother and her three children.
The trip is run through charity Breakfree Expeditions, fronted by Tauranga woman Diana Judge, who met with the four women this week to hand over their all-important and ever-feminine pink tool belts.
Diana Judge, Karen Roberts, Lesley Hart and Elizabeth sporting their pink tool belts they will use during the trip.
“The ladies are all excited,” says Diana. “They look great in their tool belts.”
The women, all aged between 40 and 60 years old, have different reasons for going, with some calling it their intrepid journey and others ticking items off their bucket lists.
The trip kicks off on September 1 and will see the women spend three days building a two bedroom home for the 35-year-old single mother and her children, aged 15, 13 and four years old.
Diana says this family currently survives on US$24 a week – significantly below the global poverty line.
The house will cost US$6500 to build and is then fitted with a further US$1000 worth of furniture.
Diana says they try putting as much money back into the local community as possible during the build. All the materials are purchased locally and Mexican foreman are hired to check the trade work.
The family also helps out as much as they can. “They’re going to be as nervous as anything.”
Diana has recently returned from another excursion in Cambodia where she helped another team build eight houses in two days for local families.
Money was raised for the trip by holding a massive $2 clothing sale in Mount Maunganui in June.
“Cambodia went really well,” says Diana. The team also provided $4000 of free dental work to locals, she says. “It was really, really good.”
Another Girls’ Big Week Out trip will be held next year, for more information visit www.breakfreeexpeditions.com