Argentina Global Village Challenge Roundup

by admin 20. December 2009 11:30

This blog post will provide a recap of the run up to our Habitat for Humanity Global Village Challenge and our time building in Buenos Aires. It will be a useful reference point for the 70 blog posts that have preceded this one.

This Blog and the inkstersgive.com website were officially launched on 23 September 2009 with thanks to corporate sponsor, Innovation Digital.

There is a link from the InkstersGive site to our JustGiving  page, and it was not long before the donations started rolling in. This included our first US donation from Richard Prickman of Bitcher & Prickman. However, he was not allowed to outdo his Partner, Beatrice Bitcher. There followed more donations from my Twitter followers including generous corporate sponsors: The Trial Warrior, Silverman Sherliker and Valentilaw. The generosity of Twitter followers was overwhelming as seen in Fundraising and the Power of Twitter and #FollowFriday for Just Giving.

We had asked for help to cover our hard hats with logos and were having good success. In addition to those corporate sponsors already mentioned we had Inksters, Page\Park, Harley Haddow and Theatreplan on board. They were to be joined by Barr Brady, Oce and Jeffrey Aitken.

We were getting plenty of attention in the legal and architectural press, all helping to raise awareness and encourage donations.

In amongst all this we started Spanish classes with a teacher from Argentina at Centro Español Loco. We were to go on to take 5 Spanish lessons in total. Our teacher ended up joining our La Bordona Tango class at Sloans.

I read a Chinese Poem from 700BC. Our T-Shirts were printed and offered for sale. We were all set to head to Argentina.

Nicola and I arrived in Argentina a couple of days ahead of the rest of our Group. This gave us a chance to acclimatise and recover from the jet lag before beginning building work. It also meant we experienced floods in Buenos Aires on our first day there.

When the rest of the Group (13 of us in total) arrived from the UK it was straight into Orientation and learning about the 22 de Enero neighbourhood that we would be working in.

Then building works commenced. By the end of day 4 which consisted of painting, digging holes and moving concrete fence posts I was very tired but equally elated. Our active filled days passed by quickly with a brick wall, yellow paint and a concrete column, not to mention a higher wall, more yellow paint and a bedroom extension.

We were also able to celebrate the work we had done with the community when we attended the inauguration of the room we painted yellow.

On a day where work was rained off we had the opportunity to visit the Recovering Urban Homes Project and learn of the other work Habitat for Humanity was doing within Buenos Aires. On the way Jas met Maradona in La Boca.

On day 8 and on day 9 we were given time off for rest and relaxation. This allowed us to see Buenos Aires and take in some Tango.

Then back to work and Nicola and I worked together one morning on Tito’s wall. Nicola spent most of her time in La Matanza building Tito’s wall and became a very accomplished bricklayer as a result. I moved around more to work on different projects such as building Miguel’s walls, moving earth at Alejandro’s property, moving rubble at Antoñin’s house, and building Germán’s tower. This gave me a good perspective on the different living conditions and family units that exist in 22 de Enero. It had been particularly gratifying to help the poorest of these families who were just starting out to build homes to replace the shacks they were living in.

Our time at La Matanza came to a close and we had to say farewell to 22 de Enero community. The families were truly grateful for the time we had spent with them and the work we had been able to do for them. Beba wrote a thank you note and Alejandro wrote that “if all the world helped like you, all the world would be better”. With tears in our eyes the bus took us out over the dirt track from 22 de Enero and back to Buenos Aires.

Then it was time to say farewell to Hábitat para la Humanidad Argentina and have a “make your world a home” photograph taken.

Back in the UK I blogged that it was “over but not out”. Indeed with Tessa Shepperson making Habitat for Humanity her Charity of the month at Landlord-Law Blog and Armitage Associates becoming our Christmas Corporate Sponsor the fundraising continues. As 2009 comes to a close I will be considering how best we can retain links with our new friends in 22 de Enero and help them in 2010. In the meantime please help them this Christmas by giving at www.justgiving.com/argentina2009.

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inkstersgive.com and this blog officially launch

by admin 23. September 2009 12:40

The content has now been added to www.inkstersgive.com and the website and this blog have officially been launched to the world today.

A news item has been posted at inksters.com: Habitat for Humanity Global Village Challenge 2009

A press release has been issued:-

"Brian Inkster and his wife, Nicola Walls (an Architect with Page \ Park) are going to Argentina in November to assist with the building of homes for families living in poverty. Working for the charity Habitat for Humanity they will be building alongside other volunteers and with ‘stakeholder’ families who will eventually live in the houses.

Brian and Nicola will also be fundraising for Habitat for Humanity. The cost of the trip to Argentina has already been met by Inksters Solicitors. Therefore, every penny that is raised by Brian and Nicola will go straight to Habitat for Humanity to directly assist the build project. Inksters Solicitors have set up a dedicated website and blog to help in the fundraising efforts. The website and blog were very kindly designed and donated by Innovation Digital.

As well as welcoming individual donations of any size Brian and Nicola are seeking minimum donations of £200 from corporate sponsors who will get their company logo printed on the hard hats and/or T-shirts worn during the build project.

Brian Inkster said “everyday, as a property lawyer, I deal with conveyancing transactions helping people in Scotland acquire new homes. Nicola spends her working day designing buildings  to create a positive influence on peoples’ lives. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to secure their own home. We are looking forward to learning some practical skills, forging new friendships and most importantly ‘making a difference’ to the life of an Argentine family in need of a home.”

Brian and Nicola will be using modern communication methods by blogging and tweeting to let everyone know what they are doing in the run up to the Habitat for Humanity Global Village Challenge. They also hope to blog and tweet during the build from Argentina but that will depend very much on their ability to obtain an internet connection and/or mobile phone reception from where they are working. You can follow their journey and sponsor them at www.inkstersgive.com."

Let the blogging and fundraising now commence.

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Innovation Digital design and donate website and this blog

by admin 19. September 2009 18:31

Thanks to the very kind support of Innovation Digital we now have a website (inkstersgive.com) and this blog (blog.inkstersgive.com) on which to seriously start our fundraising efforts for Habitat for Humanity.

Nicola and I will now be finalising the content of the website over this weekend with a view to officially launching it during the course of the forthcoming week.

Then we will start blogging and tweeting to let you know what we are doing in the run up to the Habitat for Humanity Global Village Challenge 2009 in Argentina. We hope to also blog and tweet during the build from Argentina but that will depend very much on our ability to obtain an internet connection and/or mobile phone reception from where we are working.

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This blog follows Brian Inkster & Nicola Walls as they prepare, fundraise, travel and build houses for Habitat for Humanity as part of the Argentina Global Village Challenge 2009. inkstersgive.com is the Corporate Social Responsibility website of Inksters Solicitors with the aim in 2009 of raising awareness of and money for Habitat for Humanity.

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