Babcock International’s Pilot Home-Building Expedition With Vine Trust Published: 25 Oct 2017

A group of eager volunteers from Babcock International are heading to Moshi, Tanzania for a special homebuilding expedition in partnership with Vine Trust, where they will help make a significant difference to the lives of vulnerable families.

The party of 26 Babcock employees has been challenged to build three houses for children and families in need, providing them with a safer future and the chance to stay together after life changing events.

As this initial five-year partnership between Babcock and Vine Trust commences, Donna Maplesden, team member and Vine Trust Relationship Manager within Babcock, is looking forward to the challenge ahead which will see her skills put to the test in an entirely different way as she sets to work building homes and supporting the families. With her team of 25 Babcock colleagues, Donna will work alongside Louise Campbell, Vine Trust Programme Manager of Overseas Expeditions and Education at Vine Trust, to ensure the project is delivered safely and successfully.

Talking about the trip, Donna said: “I cannot wait to get to Tanzania so the team can get to work – we are all very excited to see the tangible aspects of the project come to fruition after all of our fundraising efforts. I know it will be hard work – and a learning experience in many senses – but it will be so rewarding to meet the people we are helping. Vine Trust is a great charity and I’m looking forward to developing this programme, and our relationship, over the next few years.”

Reverend Willie McPherson, Vine Trust Chief Executive, added: “I am overwhelmed by the interest and excitement shown by the Babcock volunteers. From our work with Babcock on Forth Hope, the commitment to projects such as this is clear, and I can’t wait to see how our partnership develops in the coming years. I wish the team every success for the trip and look forward to hearing from them when they return.”

The team will travel to Tanzania on October 28th. You can follow their story on our Vine Trust Home-Building Blog here: