Homes and hope focus of campaign

Some British Columbians are combining forces to make a difference globally.

Eighteen women from Vancouver and Vernon will travel to Jiquilillo, Nicaragua in November to build a two-room house for a single mother.

“Nicaragua has one of the highest housing deficits in Central America with over 78% of the population living in inadequate homes or are homeless.,” said Christine Schwartz, a member of the group

“A women’s co-operative was founded to help 10 woman receive new homes on 20 donated acres after their homes were destroyed by a hurricane.”

The Canadian volunteers need to raise $20,000 for the building materials for each house and latrine.

Any additional funds will be used to cook and serve meals to families that earn meager wages picking though the landfill.

To prepare for the trip, a number of fundraisers are planned in Vernon.

The events include a burger, fries and beer evening at Alexander’s Beach Pub Aug. 15 from 3 to 8 p.m, and a painting party with Melissa from Leap Art Store at Marten Brewpub Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.20womenstrong.com