Home repairs become a lower priority in dishing out finances when the bank account is low and bellies need to be fed. Hiring a handyman is likely out of the question and as for fixing leaks and creaks yourself? Well, that’s not so simple when you’re working full-time or lack the equipment and/or skills to perform maintenance work.
This week’s grantee has recruited retired men with experience in basic home repair to volunteer their time to help families in need. The Handymen Volunteers come equipped with their own tools and transportation as well as the compassion to help the folks in their community. The volunteers are mentored and supported by the St. Jeanne Antide Foundation, an NGO in Malta that works hard to identify and support vulnerable communities with their door-to-door outreach program. In 2012, the program had three volunteer handymen and they completed a total of 581 hours of service benefitting 77 individuals from 23 families. Amazing!
With this AWB grant, basic materials such as sockets, plugs, drain pipes, energy saving bulbs, paint and paint rollers will be purchased and then installed for free by these wonderful handymen. Talk about forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe!