Students at Lampton School, Hounslow, west London, undertaking a charity housebuilding project in Mozambique have been kitted out with construction clothing and boots by housing developer Lovell.
The 11 sixth-formers and teaching staff from the school flew out last weekend to work with international development charity Habitat for Humanity Mozambique. They will team up with local families to build two new homes as part of the charity's Orphans and Vulnerable Groups programme which helps families affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in southern Africa.
Lovell, which is currently working on a major new-build housing scheme at the Heston Farm Estate, Hounslow, helped out by providing the group with construction safety clothing and equipment including hard hats and steel-capped boots.
Alison Farrell, head of geography at Lampton School, says: "The students have worked hard all year - organising doughnut sales, making and selling handy purses, packing bags and painting fences! As a school community we will be walking the distance between London and Maputo the day after we get back which helps enormously with our fundraising target. We really appreciate the community spirit shown by Lovell in supporting this project for the last three years."
Lovell regional bid manager Brendan Ryan says: "As developers ourselves, we recognise the importance of Habitat for Humanity's work and are full of admiration for the Lampton School students and teachers. We're really pleased to have been able to support their trip by providing the construction gear and footwear." The school has worked with Habitat for Humanity since 2010, sending its first group to Mozambique in 2011.
Lovell is building 41 energy-efficient homes at the former Passingham House site in Hounslow. The Heston Farm development is the first of six new housing schemes which Lovell will be delivering in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow and Hounslow Homes.