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Monday 11 December 2017

Hard-working pupils travel to Romania to build 50 homes

The Old Bawn students
The Old Bawn students
Old Bawn Community School students on building trip in Romania

Digging trenches and sawing timber posed no problems for a group of teenagers who went to Romania to build houses.

The five boys and five girls, all aged 16, from Old Bawn Community school had also worked flat out in the preceding months to raise €25,000 towards the housing project for 50 families outside Cluj, Romania's second biggest city.

Joanne Kelly, a teacher at the Tallaght school, who travelled to Romania with the group, said the local coordinators of the charitable project "couldn't believe the amount of work we got through in the six days".

She explained that when the school decided to get involved in a charitable project they contacted Habitat for Humanity Ireland to become part of their five-year project to build 50 homes for needy families outside Cluj.

Since last year pupils, parents, teachers and the local community in Tallaght raised €25,000.

During their recent six-day visit to the site, the 16-year-olds helped dig trenches for the water system and saw wood for the timber frames of the first 15 houses.

The houses will include one, two and three-bedroom homes. It is hoped to complete 15 houses each year of the project.

Joanne said the school plans to make another trip to Romania in two years' time with a different group of pupils.

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