New CMT reality TV series highlights Samaritan's Purse aid work in developing world

Build It Forward participants construct houses with Christian aid agency in Mexico, Haiti

CALGARY, Sept. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - Build It Forward,  a new documentary series on CMT Canada, chronicles how seven struggling Canadian families are transformed through receiving new homes, then "Build It Forward" by helping to construct houses in the developing world.

Samaritan's Purse played a big role in that process. The recipient families tapped into the international Christian relief and development organization's vast construction experience to help provide accomodation for families in flood-devastated Mexico and earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

"My experience in travelling (to Mexico) and working with Samaritan's Purse was nothing short of life-changing," said Nicole Nichols, whose Canadian family was a Build It Forward home recipient. "It was amazing to see their dedication firsthand."

Build It Forward's seven hour-long episodes, hosted by Canadian country music star Paul Brandt, are scheduled to air every Saturday at 10 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Pacific on CMT starting Sept. 17. 

"We were very pleased to come on-board as a partner with Paul and Build It Forward," said Samaritan's Purse Executive Director Fred Weiss. "We've built thousands of schools, churches, medical clinics, and temporary shelters around the world, many of them in Haiti, and this series is a great way to let Canadians know. The participating families had the chance to learn that Samaritan's Purse 'builds' into impoverished people and communities in many ways - housing, health care, vocational training, literacy, spirituality, and more."

About Samaritan's Purse Canada

Samaritan's Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and development organization working in about 40 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. The Calgary-based charity also operates the well-known Operation Christmas Child program that sends gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children around the world each year, and the Turn on the Tap initiative that raises funds for life-saving BioSand Water Filters in the developing world. Go to for more information.

SOURCE Samaritan's Purse Canada

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Media Inquiries:

Frank King,
Communications manager
Samaritan's Purse Canada
1.800.663.6500 or 403.250.6565

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