Last weekend, we concluded our youth workshop series with a 3rd and final workshop at Hui Malama O Ke Kai. The new program, launched this year to help share the spirit of Wahine Build with Hawaii’s youth, aims to empower and educate girls by giving them experience building, collaborating and using tools in a positive, hands-on environment.
By teaching basic building skills and sharing the value of community service, these workshops empower the next generation of wahine to make a difference with their own hands.
Led by our Wahine Build Education sub-committee volunteers, our final workshop on May 6th might just be the cutest one so far! 1st and 2nd graders built and decorated chicken nesting boxes while learning about natural habitats for different animals across Hawaii.
After a morning huddle, safety briefing and tool demonstration, students sanded, glued and painted their nesting boxes before observing adults operate a brad nail gun to fasten their projects.
As the nesting boxes came together, students loved expressing their creative sides by tracing their hands and leaves to create beautiful and unique designs on their boxes. We were even visited by a family of chicks, no doubt scoping out their future hales!
Miss youth workshops 1 + 2?
Here’s a recap:
Youth Workshop #1
Girls in grades 6-8 assembled chicken coops to be donated Ke Kula Nui O Waimanalo, a non-profit focused on growing self-sustainability for families in Waimanalo. Under the supervision of our volunteers, girls learned to use power tools and follow customized building plans.
Youth Workshop #2
Girls in grades 3-5 practiced communication and collaboration to construction Free Little Libraries for their community. They practiced using manual screwdrivers, sandpaper, and caulking guns to fasten the libraries together.
Our youth workshop series was made possible by Hui Malama O Ke Kei, our amazing volunteers from NAWIC Hawaii, Rosendin Electric Inc., Layton Construction Co. and our Wahine Build committeee leaders. Mahalo to everyone who helped make this youth workshop series a success!
About Wahine Build
Bringing together women from across Oahu, Wahine Build is an annual initiative to mobilize, educate and empower women to build affordable homes with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity.
Women are disproportionately underrepresented on Habitat’s build sites. Whether for lack of training or gender bias, they account for only 30% of construction volunteers.
Wahine Build offers hands-on training and a comfortable learning environment to help women succeed in changing their communities.