Youth outfit waives labour charge for building houses for poor

Youth outfit waives labour charge for building houses for poor
A house in Malappuram being constructed under the no labour charge scheme.
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Kottakkal: A band of construction workers at Mullaprambu at Parappur in Kerala's Malappuram district has been for years extending a hand to poor people to raise a roof over the heads.

Most people dream to have a home of their own. But rising prices mean that those from impoverished backgrounds find it difficult to build a home on their own. It is this need the youths' outfit meets.

On holidays, these committed youths get up early and start working on the construction of houses. They would turn up at 6 am and begin work. They would take part in all tasks from building the foundation to the roof of the house. By the time, they wind up their work in the evening, a good amount of the house construction would be completed.

So far, they have completed the foundation works of hundreds of houses. They have also partially completed the construction of 25 houses.

While the labor is free, the house owner has to supply construction materials such as stones and cement.

Around 50 people are part of this initiative. They have set aside their holidays for such charity works for the past 25 years.

They complete the tasks within two to three days.

They spend on their own even for their food. Migrant workers from other states too help them in their endeavor. The informal labor collective had recently built the walls of two houses at Mampad that were destroyed in the floods.

These youths also help when poor people are admitted to the hospital, extend financial aid for weddings, and organize the celebrations of various religious communities.

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