QUB medical student, Ellen McCullagh has volunteered with Habitat in Romania, Malawi & Cambodia. She shared her story with us to raise her voice for women who are still fighting for the right to shelter.
HOME is a safe, loving environment that I can learn to grow in. It’s somewhere that accepts all my emotions and where I can go to be completely myself. If I want to go to bed, I have a beautiful bed to snuggle into. If I want to watch TV, there is flat screen. If I want to have a snack, there is a fridge full of lovely food. If I want to talk about anything, my family are there with open ears.
All this is only possible because of my safe and secure place that I call my home.
Following my visits with Habitat for Humanity to Malawi, Cambodia and lately to Romania, I will never take my home for granted. I am incredibly blessed, as without my home I would not be where I am now; healthy, happy and studying for my final exams in medicine, and I would not be the same person I am today! For all this, I am so grateful.
However, sadly this is not the case for everyone. Throughout my Habitat journey I have met many different women all with the same goal – to live a healthy and happy life in a safe and secure home. But this not always a possibility. Read about Mrs Phann, a Habitat Cambodia homeowner, in my exhibition submission here.
This October, as part of the inaugural One World Festival NI, Habitat will launch a photo exhibition, to highlight the inequalities in housing faced by women around the world.