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Monday 11 December 2017

Off to Nicaragua - to build a police station

A COUNTY WEXFORD architecture student is heading out to Nicaragua later this summer to take part in an unusual building project.

Victoria Edwards, a first year student at WIT, will travel to the Central American country to help build a police station designed by her architectural student colleagues.

Victoria, from Riverchapel, explained that Steph Power, the founder of the charity 'Housing for Boaco' visited the college to tell the students about her organisation's work.

The charity has already built sixty houses for poor families in the town who purchase them with affordable mortgages, and the students then agreed to design a community building for the village.

The organisation consulted with locals, who said they need a police station, as the local police currently have nowhere to stay.

The students have already raised €10,000 for the project, and six of them will travel out to Nicaragua on August 4 to oversee and help with the construction. Victoria explained that they will build a single storey building for six to seven policemen, and it will also include one cell. The local police were also consulted on what they needed in their building.

'It's facilities like these that are basic necessities,' explained Victoria. 'As of now, there's nothing there for the police. Living conditions in the village are very poor.' Many of the houses are roughly built shanties, and when it rains, all their belongings get wet. Few of them have running water or basic sanitation.

Before she goes, Victoria has to raise €2,000, and has already begun her fundraising efforts. Anyone who would like to support the appeal can contact her on vickiiedwrds@gmail.com or phone her on 085 8137537.

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