The Saturday was spent under the scorching hot sun doing manual labour, such as digging trenches, mixing cement and laying bricks layer by layer to construct the bathroom and kitchen walls. The volunteers also managed to install the windows and door frames. Everyone had fun working together, bonding, building relationships and fostering teamwork.
For many of the volunteers, it was a first experience of doing construction work, which was vastly different from the daily office routine. Their passion to make a difference in improving the lives of the underprivileged also improved their own lives with the contentment of a well-spent day.
The volunteers all had aching arms and backs and were exhausted at the end of day. However, witnessing the by-products built by their own hands and the heartfelt gratitude from the families of the homes, the greatest sense of achievement overcame all the pain and exhaustion. All the volunteers left with a smile on their faces, as it was truly a memorable day.
Much more work remains to done in improving the lives of the underprivileged and like the saying goes ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’. Deutsche Bank volunteers look forward to working with Habitat for Humanity Malaysia again to build homes, and build lives.
"The volunteers showed passion and commitment in the task given. As the first timer to volunteer on construction, we are proud of their performance and dedication in improving the house for our home partners." - Habitat for Humanity Malaysia