Simon’s help for homeless

Simon Brown from West Hallam, hoping to go to Malaysia for an international housing charity.
Simon Brown from West Hallam, hoping to go to Malaysia for an international housing charity.

A WEST HALLAM man who quit his job to dedicate his time to international charity work is trying to raise cash for his next trip.

Simon Brown, 29, gave up working in the construction industry to go to work in Kenya and help build an orphanage in Uganda.

He is now planning a year-long trip to Malaysia to work for international aid charity Habitat for Humanity but needs £2,000 to fund the trip.

Simon, who has a degree in interior architecture and design, said: “It was a big risk leaving my job and deciding to dedicate my time to these charity projects but it was something I felt I had to do.

“I wanted to put my existing skills to use in helping people who need it most rather than carrying on work in a commercial environment.”

Simon has received donations from St Wilfrid’s Church in West Hallam and is also preparing a presentation for the Ilkeston Rotary Club.

He said: “This is something I really believe in and am very passionate about and as much as anything else I want to get Habitat for Humanity’s message out there and if I raise money in the process then that’s great.

“The work they do really does make a difference and it’s great to have the chance to be a part of it.”

When Simon arrives in Malaysia he will take on the role of construction and technical volunteer at the charity’s national office in Kuala Lumpur.

The money he raises will pay for travel and living expenses while he is in the country.

He said: “I will be involved in assisting with housing related design and providing guidance on layout and infrastructure, providing technical construction advice to the national office and local resource centres, advise on the technical monitoring and assessment of housing projects and helping to develop relationships with local communities and suppliers, university programmes, contractors and local government.”

Habitat for Humanity is a not-for-profit charity and Christian housing ministry that works in countries all over the world.

Their purpose and goal is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness.

If you would like to sponsor Simon visit habitatforhumanity.org.uk/SimonBrown or call him on 07779 097120.