With Habitat for Humanity I have the ability to help disadvantaged people in Myanmar while also enriching my own life. I would very much like the opportunity, but I need your help.
I see volunteering abroad as a way for me to pursue my lust for adventure, and improve my own life while also lifting up other’s lives. I’ve found that the most memorable parts have almost nothing to do with the destination or the sights seen. In High School I traveled to Italy (with my school) and for two of the days there we helped clean and maintain neglected parts of the monastery we were staying in. I remember that time vividly, and fondly. But the cathedrals, the ‘sights’ are all a blur, and don’t mean much to me. With Habitat for Humanity I’ll be doing more than cleaning up a monastery garden, I’ll be helping give people a place to live. The impact of my volunteering effort shall be clear and physically manifested; I can see that it made a difference. I will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity this year regardless, but this Myanmar project has captured my heart. It is one of the more extensive and longer projects open to participation. Meaning I get to spend more time building and experiencing Myanmar. It is also a place whose culture and life I know little of, but I am very interested and excited to learn about. If you could help send me there, your contribution will not be without my gratitude, I am very thankful for the opportunity to volunteer with Habitat.
The housing need in Myanmar
Myanmar is among the poorest countries in Asia with one in four people living below the national poverty line. Most of the poor live in rural areas which also tend to be affected by civil conflict or natural disasters such as forest fires, landslides, floods and storm surges. A 2011 joint survey by UNICEF and the Myanmar government in 24 townships showed that more than 60 percent of the population has access to improved water and sanitation facilities. However, just over one in 10 persons handled water safely before drinking while 85 percent of population still defecated in the open.
How Habitat addresses the need in Myanmar
Since January 2014, HFH Myanmar and its partner World Concern have been working in 11 villages to improve 965 families’ health through water and sanitation facilities such as wells, water points and latrines as well as two rural health centers. Local communities are involved in raising personal hygiene standards and families make decisions to build their own sanitation facilities. In addition, HFH Myanmar has built a cyclone shelter to reduce the risks from future disasters. Help support Habitat for Humanity's vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Help build homes, community, and hope for families in need in Myanmar!
Global Village is Habitat for Humanity’s international volunteer program. Teams travel to over 40 countries to work alongside communities, build housing solutions, and experience local culture. Our goal is to change the lives of the people we serve, as well as the lives of the volunteers.
To join a team or learn more, visit www.habitat.org/gv.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
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