This year, the MDRT Foundation built two playgrounds for children in underserved communities in Chile and England. More than 25 volunteers donated their time and talents to dig holes and assemble playground equipment with the goal of leaving a lasting legacy of hope for children and families in need.
In partnership with Kids Around the World, a nonprofit organization that builds playgrounds for impoverished communities worldwide, these playground builds provided a meaningful opportunity for MDRT members to give back by serving our global community as a team.
“This was the first MDRT Foundation service project in the United Kingdom... I was compelled to volunteer for this playground build. It also gave me a chance to see my donations at work and I have no complaints!”
MDRT Past President from Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Chile Playground Build: House of Hope in Santiago, Chile
(January 30–February 4, 2011)
House of Hope is a nurturing and safe home for girls who have been orphaned. The girls’ home provides year-round housing and schooling for girls between the ages of 3 and 17. The House of Hope also provides vocational and career training for the girls so that they can help build a better future for themselves once they leave the home.
“This was my first involvement with an MDRT Foundation service project and it really was an incredible experience. The work has been strenuous but teamwork amongst the volunteers has been fantastic.”
23-year MDRT member from Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia
England Playground Build: Noah’s Ark Community Centre in Liverpool, England
(March 26–31, 2011)
Noah’s Ark Centre is currently being renovated to serve as a community center for the residents of Speke, an underserved community on the outskirts of Liverpool. Upon completion, this facility will provide emergency counseling, youth leadership programs and services for the elderly to a community where more than 40 percent of the residents are “income deprived,” according to the Liverpool Poverty Commission.