Ten Tring church volunteers have travelled to Kyrgyzstan – one of the poorest countries in the world – in a bid to help a local family finish their home.
The group are working with Christian charity Habitat For Humanity in the country’s capital of Bishkek.
Habitat for Humanity strives for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.
The team are helping school teacher Niyazalieva Indira, her husband Erkin and their three sons, who currently live in a three room temporary building with another family, with no insulation, no running water and no indoor conveniences.
In winter the temperature often plummets to -400C, and the family have been struggling to complete their home for the past seven years.
This is the second charitable mission to Kyrgyzstan, with the first one being in 2008. The civil unrest prevented the team from going back until now.
However, the ten-day trip is also tinged by sadness, as the group is missing kind-hearted Henry Nash, who passed away in October last year.
Reverend Joanne Wetherall said: “We will also take time to remember our friend Henry Nash who would have been travelling with us.”
Joanne said that through people’s generosity, they were able to fund a place on the trip for former St Peter and St Paul’s chorister Becca Munday, after donations were given at Henry’s funeral in his memory.