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During an October trip to Nepal, Jordan Schweiger '06 helped build a home now shared by six people.During an October trip to Nepal, Jordan Schweiger '06 helped build a home now shared by six people.

Several Salem-area teenagers, including Madison Hall '16 (center) learned the rigors of home construction while visiting Nepal.Several Salem-area teenagers, including Madison Hall '16 (center) learned the rigors of home construction while visiting Nepal.

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Alumnus and WU student helped provide homes to Nepal residents

After rescue workers saved the lives of his two young sons, Jordan Schweiger ’06 was committed to repaying the kindness.

Three years later, he found a way by enlisting the help of local high school students to build homes for Nepal residents.

“Two life flights in a day led me to reexamine everything important to me,” says Schweiger, whose sons have since recovered from the hiking accident. “I wanted to pay it forward.”

More than 50 students raised about $22,000 for the cause. Schweiger, owner of Good Well Real Estate in Salem, added another $35,000 in donations from the Salem and Mt. Angel chapters of Habitat for Humanity.

With the money, Schweiger and the students funded the construction of 50-plus homes. Five of those students — and two of their parents — accompanied Schweiger to Nepal in October to build one of the houses.

Madison Hall ’16 was among the student travelers.

“I thought this was a cool opportunity,” says Hall, a graduate of South Salem High School. “The people I met there are so amazing. I’m so glad we got to do something for them because they deserve it.”

In Nepal, Hall and Schweiger built a 500-square-foot house for six people, most of whom worked alongside the volunteers.

“The whole experience made me feel even more privileged,” Schweiger says. “Now my focus has turned to how I can create an even larger project from the seeds of this one. I’m pioneering a one-to-one model in real estate, where buying or selling one home in the U.S.A. builds one home in a third-world nation. ”

Taking to heart Willamette’s motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born,” Hall says her work in Nepal has influenced her for the better. Philanthropy, she added, will always be a part of her life.

“I will probably do another international build this summer, either in Portugal or Zambia,” says Hall, who volunteers at the Habitat for Humanity office in Salem. “It feels good to help make people’s lives easier in some way. ”

If interested in leadership opportunities in Schweiger’s new project, call him at 503-375-6205 or email him at jordan@goodwellre.com



11-05-2012