Fresh from SAFEagent Awareness Week, the chair of the SAFEagent steering group, John Midgley, took off for a very different kind of challenge – building homes for orphans in Malawi.
Midgley and his team from Touchstone – a SAFEagent member firm – are working in partnership with the charity Habitat for Humanity for the next three years to provide homes for vulnerable children and orphans in Malawi.
He and 12 others flew out to Malawi for eight days, where they worked solidly to begin building homes. As part of Touchstone’s commitment to Habitat for Humanity, they will fund and build 24 houses over the next three years.
A team from the business will visit each year to get hands-on experience and build the homes.
Midgley said: “It might sound like a cliché, but these people really have nothing, and seeing the difference we were able to make even in that short space of time was incredible.
“The homes we’ve built will transform these children’s lives. The properties we provide will be in the legal ownership of the children – so as well as having shelter now, their futures are also safeguarded.
“It was such an amazing experience for us as a team, and we can’t wait to go back and do more next year.”