Housing staff pledge £50,000 to transforming Nepalese slums
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
A team from a Walsall-based social landlord have pledged to raise £50,000 and travel to Nepal as part of an international project to transform slums.
whg, which manages 20,000 homes, has made the pledge to take part in the 'Rooftop of the World' project run by the charity Homeless International in Nepal.
A team of 17, including chief executive Gary Fulford and director of housing Rob Gilham will travel to Nepal in November for the project, which will see them help build homes for some of the country’s most disadvantaged slum families.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. The UN estimates that about 40% of Nepalis live in poverty and around 28 million, or 60%, live in slums.
Colleagues at whg are already planning fundraising events throughout the year to raise the £50,000 needed to fund the trip.
Gary Fulford said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to make a real difference and we are delighted to announce we will be taking part in what is a great project.
“The challenge is very relevant to whg as a housing provider and one which we can all get behind. We are already creating great homes and communities here in the West Midlands and we want to help make that happen for others too.
“The communities we will be working in are some of the poorest in the world and our team will be helping to build homes for families who desperately need them.”