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Middlesex Habitat for Humanity

Ruth Ndrati (left), a doctor from Nairobi, Kenya, and Habitat building chair work at the the build site.

by Lyle Predmore

Habitat for Humanity (HFH) is involved worldwide in 92 countries. The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Projects alternate focus on Work Projects in both the U.S. and in some of these 92 countries each year. The last two years these builds have been in Haiti, this year they will be in inner-city projects in the U.S.

HFH Middlesex took its place in being “International” recently when a volunteer signed in as Ruth Ndrati from Nairobi, Kenya. We discovered she is an M.D. doing further study and research in contagious diseases in the U.S. While visiting a HFH volunteer in Middlesex for the weekend, she also volunteered for the day.  

Dr. Ndrati is taking a few lessons from Mike Longest, our HFH building chair and contractor who gives his time weekly to keep the volunteers moving in the right direction. Mike shared some of the magic that he can do with strips of aluminum trim when it is placed in “the break” to be bent to the size and shape for trim work on the house. 

In recent correspondence with Dr. Ndrati about the recent Nairobi Westgate Mall terrorism, she wrote, “Today I found out that a childhood friend died in that attack. We are down on our knees in prayer that we will not let the forces of evil overtake us.”

Being involved internationally brings both the joy of building homes around the world and the sadness of sharing personal stories of tragic events from faraway places.

posted 10.02.2013

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