Building & Bollywood

Published Monday, 03 March 2014
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She looked on smiling & then offered us cups of hot chai as the roof came crashing down from its position...

So it's day 1 of a Women's build team I signed up for in Delhi with the charity Habitat & we've literally torn down a house. (Its a good feeling!)

Clearly the idea is to build houses, not tear them down - but before we could get started on a new home for Shabnam, her husband & 7 children, we had to take down her old one.

It was a shack made of some bricks, bamboo & plastic sheets. It was not a place anyone should have to call home.

All week I'm going to be in a slum area called Savda Ghevra in Delhi all with 5 other amazing women - to hopefully provide Shabnam & her family with a new home. It's what Habitat specialises in & what they've done for 48,000 families in India - a country where the housing need is overwhelming.

But aside from all the manual labour, which is fairly alien to me, we've been soaking up the ways of life here.

So far we've managed to get involved in an accidental dance-off at the most spectacular of Bollywood wedding celebrations, sample incredible foods & just be generally dazzled by the colour & chaos.

More stories to follow...

JudithHillIndia

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Judith Hill
Judith Hill

Judith has worked for UTV since 2008.

After studying a postgrad in newspaper journalism with the University of Ulster she worked in local radio, including the Q Radio Group, for three years.

She is passionate about news & communication, loves to travel (when feasible!), enjoys story-writing, going to gigs & spending time with friends & family.

One of her favourite quotes comes from Donald Miller: "Life cannot be understood flat on a page. It has to be lived. We get one story, you and I, and one story alone."

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