My name is Scott Renken. I’m a retired firefighter after 34 years of service in Lincoln Nebraska, where I was also a member of the USAR team. I enjoy biking, gardening, building, yoga, cooking, and spending time with my family. Since retiring I have enjoyed traveling and scuba diving. This will be my first service trip with Habitat. I am looking forward to helping build homes and experiencing Africa. See you all soon.
Hello from Barb Renken. I am so excited to be a part of this group. It is my first Habitat service involvement. As a home health nurse I worked with a client in Nebraska who received a home thru the local Habitat program. It was life changing for that family. I have been a nurse for over 36 years working in various capacities, mainly in home health and hospice. I currently work in a long term and rehab facility. I enjoy activities with our children, grandchildren, friends and family. My personal interests are, yoga, biking, hiking, gardening, ANIMALS, reading and food. Looking forward to being a part of this group and organization, and experiencing Africa and its culture.
Malawi is called the "warm heart of Africa" — and indeed it is, despite extreme poverty. It is in the bottom 5 of developed countries in the world. The economy is predominately agricultural and is dependent on substantial international assistance.
There are over 1.5 million orphans, leaving them extremely vulnerable to malaria, parasites, exposure and those who would do them harm. Habitat Malawi's program identifies those who have no adult in their life that can provide shelter. Not only do they provide a home with mosquito nets, but they provide legal protection for them to keep the house.
Seventy-five percent of the population lives on less than US$2 a day. Because of the widespread poverty, four out of five families live in substandard homes, with little hope of ever being able to afford a decent house. A typical village hut is built of mud and daub with a dirt floor and thatched roof, susceptible to collapse in the annual heavy rains. The conditions put families, especially orphaned children, at high risk of disease.
Habitat for Humanity Malawi, established in 1986, constructs houses of burnt clay bricks, concrete floors and tile roofs. More than 5,000 houses have been built so far. By providing improved housing to families, Habitat Malawi has enhanced lives and reduced the occurrence of malaria, respiratory illnesses and intestinal parasites.
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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