Catherine Slocum Somuah fundraising for South Africa - '20 Slocum Thrivent Team

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I am leading a team of volunteers to South Africa to work alongside a Habitat for Humanity homebuyer family. Help Habitat South Africa provide a safe, decent affordable home!

Catherine Slocum Somuah

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5 days ago

Woohoo! We met our goal of $1,000 for affordable housing in South Africa! Yall are awesome!

Can't wait to share our team's experience with you! Stay tuned.

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I have the great honor of working at Habitat for Humanity International and serving our ministry through neighborhood revitalization strategies in the US. Thankful for the opportunity to see our work abroad and share the mission through Thrivent Builds.

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The crowded, impoverished conditions of South Africa’s urban townships have been well-documented over the years. Conditions have improved since racial apartheid came to an end in South Africa in the 1990s, but change has not come rapidly enough to many urban settings.

The township of Mfuleni is a prime example. In an area developed to hold a population of 7,000, more than 25,000 people are crammed into substandard housing units. Most of this increase is due to families who fled recent flooding that washed through surrounding townships.

Today, on the eastern bank of South Africa’s Eerste River, near Cape Town:

  • 47 percent of the population lives in poverty housing made of plastic, cardboard, wooden planks and scrap iron.
  • 57 percent of people age 15-65 are unemployed.
  • 69 percent have no piped water.
  • 47 percent have no bathroom facilities.

Habitat South Africa has a plan to lift up the people living in the Mfuleni township —and not just with a house. Habitat aims to provide new, decent housing, yes, but also improved water and sanitation amenities for households throughout the community. Throughout the project, the goal is to create improved, sustainable living environments.

New housing will be made of brick and mortar and meet new standards created by the country’s Department of Human Settlements. Habitat South Africa also intends to improve each family’s access to water and sanitation.

Thrivent and Habitat:

No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. At Habitat for Humanity, this is what unites us. Through shelter, we empower. Building with Habitat for Humanity International is a profound experience for all involved. It’s not just sticks and blocks. It is tears and smiles, borne of hard work and faith.That’s why Thrivent Financial works with Habitat and it’s why we want to do more. Much more. Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity engages congregations, Thrivent members, Habitat affiliates, and individuals from across the United States and around the world to build hundreds of housing solutions per year for Habitat homeowners, directly reducing poverty housing around the world.Thrivent Financial’s mission as a membership organization of Christians is to guide people to be wise with money and live generously. Leading or participating in a Thrivent Builds Worldwide trip with Habitat is a prime way to put that mission in action.

About Thrivent Builds Worldwide:

The Thrivent Builds program combines the financial, volunteer, and advocacy resources of Thrivent Financial together with the affordable housing leadership of Habitat for Humanity. Thrivent Builds Worldwide teams are led by members of Thrivent Financial and build in communities both locally and around the world. To learn more, please visit www.thriventbuilds.com

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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Catherine Slocum Somuah posted a new update:
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Update #2

Woohoo! We met our goal of $1,000 for affordable housing in South Africa! Yall are awesome!

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