A LISBURN architect will be heading off to Mozambique next month
to help build a new school for 200 African children.
It has been a dream for the 27-year-old Jamie
Millar from Ballymacash to help children after a trip to Kenya
where he visited an orphanage.
Jamie is one of the volunteers from Belfast
firm Scott Wilson, where he works, who will be helping to build
a new school for the children in Tofu.
The project has been organised through the
Scott Wilson Millennium Project, a charity set up in 2000
dedicated to relieving poverty. Jamie will head out to
Mozambique in June 29 for a week-long stay during which he will
be helping to handmix cement, carry rocks and blocks and
bricklay and plaster during his 11 hour days.
Jamie said he had always hoped he could take
part in such a project.
"This will give the children a chance to have
a school that will withstand storms, provide them with the space
and infrastructure they need to make the most of their education
and create a real opportunity for their future. We can make a
difference through improving the educational environment and
giving them a school they can be proud of."
Jamie helped to raise £3,000 from bag packing
events towards the project.
"From the time that I got a Romanian orphan
as a cousin I have always thought about participating in some
kind of work which would help those less well off than myself in
"Through my travel to Kenya I knew that if
given the opportunity to make a difference to people in their
situation, it would be something I would like to be involved in.
"It is an incredible opportunity and will
prove a fantastic and eye opening experience," he concluded.