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Students invite public to help build a home

For Release Upon Receipt - November 12, 2009

St. Augustine

UWI students are putting the finishing touches on a new home for persons in need. ‘You Can Help,’ a volunteer programme that relies on students and community groups who offer their time and services to construct homes for the needy, will complete construction on a Tunapuna home, on Saturday 14th November, 2009, from 10 am to 2 pm. Anyone interested in joining the approximately 40 high-school and university students who have taken part in this endeavour, can assemble at either North Hall, Dean Street, St. Augustine or Green Street, Tunapuna.  

The ‘You Can Help’ programme kicked off in 2005, when 70 secondary school and university students pitched in to help build a Gran Couva home for a needy family with eight children. The programme was launched by North Hall, a registered non-profit organisation that aims to help young men make choices that will lead them to become responsible adults. At North Hall, students are exposed to human development programmes via seminars, conferences, hikes, spiritual development classes, mentorship programmes and sports. The ‘You Can Help’ programme helps students to understand the value of community service and deepens their holistic development.  

For more information about the ‘You Can Help’ programme, please contact North Hall at or call (868) 645-9755, or visit the centre located at 7 Deane Street, St Augustine. 


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