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Question: Take twenty young Kiwi business women, add four “token” males, plus two builder blokes, and send them to Sri Lanka. What do you get?

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Work in progress  (Copyright Iain Pearson)

Answer: Four new brick and tile houses. The New Zealanders were part of a contingent of  200-volunteers from round the world which, in less than a week, helped build twenty four homes for Habitat for Humanity. Helen Steemson was one of the young women and, using her i-Phone, she recorded this programme.

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Grubby after a hard day's work (Copyright Helen Steemson)

Habitat for Humanity uses volunteer labour to build affordable houses around the world. The Sri Lanka project was called the “Reconciliation Build”, and created a new village of Tamils, Sinhalese and Muslim locals who’d been displaced by a thirty year long civil war.

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Taking shape nicely (Copyright Iain Pearson)

For the New Zealanders it was a week never to be forgotten, despite sun stroke and blisters. Thanks to new technology Spectrum was there too.

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Completed house with volunteer team and grateful owners Mary (right) and Sheldon (left) (Copyright Iain Pearson)