GBI’s Salma Habachi on her experience helping construct a home for those in need
July 17, 2017
“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” – Aristotle
Salma, on the left, with fellow GBI scholars.
Do you remember the last time you volunteered your time and talents to an important cause? How did it make you feel? Does the thought of including volunteering in your busy life seem overwhelming? How about the thought of making a difference in someone else’s life and making them happy with simple actions?
This is the purpose of volunteering and this is how we ended our second week of the GBI Program on a high note. Working with the “Habitat for Humanity” organization, which aims to make the world a better place where everyone can have a decent life.
We were two groups of 20 students accompanied by 2 program assistants, split between morning and afternoon shifts. We arrived at the site on Saturday at 8:00 AM, met those responsible, were given building equipment and began the work. Divided into 2 teams, the first team had to paint the house and the second one had to do some work in the basement including fixing steel bars with nails, taping cardboard and clearing the plastic used to protect the house from water. It wasn’t easy since it was raining the day before so the ground was so muddy, but at the end of the day we were so happy and proud of our accomplishment – especially that that house was built for a family who was welcoming a newborn
baby on the same day.
This experience opened the door for some remarkable learning opportunities we had not considered previously, and things we did not think we were capable of doing. Likewise, it provided us with the chance to look beyond our own circumstances and appreciate what others are going through!
|Salma installing siding to the home.|
– Salma is a Moroccan GBI scholar, studying Marketing at the National School of Business and Management. She enjoys swimming, photography, horseback riding, and reading.
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