Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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COVINGTON, La. - A lot of girl power went into lifting the wall of a home under construction Friday morning as a kick-start to Women Build 2013.

The program is part of Habitat for Humanity, which helps families build affordable homes they can own over time.

Rebecca Jarrell, mother of two, said, 'We've been trying to purchase a home for years and we're more happy for our kids than ourselves because they need this more than anything.'

Jarrell's family is one of three putting their own sweat into laying floors and nailing beams in their new homes on 4th Street in Covington. The building will take six months to complete and dozens of women will be there every step of the way to pitch in.

'Helping these families by enabling them and helping them as they build their houses to become mortgage holders and happy homeowners,' said Women Build Board Member Maurer Van Voorthuysen.

The women working on the project say it gives them a chance to show others they can do a lot more than you think.

Van Voorthuysen said, 'It's an opportunity for us to give back to the community, to involve local women who otherwise wouldn't be involved and don't think they can be involved in building projects.'

The families are thankful to have so many helping hands.

'It's like a dream come true for our family,' said Jarrell.

It's an unstoppable group of women proud to be a part of lifting families and the community out of poverty one house at a time.

This is the 12th year for the Women Build program in Western St. Tammany Parish. The program has helped put up 21 homes to date.

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