The most fulfilling experiences in my life have come when I’ve had the privilege to work on behalf of others. Over the past 5 years, I have been fortunate to travel to Haiti, Brazil, and Guyana with Habitat for Humanity International, building safe, affordable housing for those desperately in need. Each opportunity to give back has filled my soul, humbled my heart, and inspired me to give as much of my time and energy as I could. Now, more than ever, during a time of division and unrest, I feel an even greater obligation to give back and represent our country’s humanitarianism, to help heal and support our global community, and to demonstrate love and peace to our poverty-stricken neighbors.
In October, I will travel to Africa to build housing solutions for vulnerable children in Nanyuki, Kenya. In particular, our work will further Habitat Kenya’s efforts to support child-headed households—often orphans abandoned as a result of HIV and illness—through advocacy for shelter, inheritance rights, and child protection rights. We will work alongside local masons and neighbors to build low-cost, energy efficient, and sturdy homes for this vulnerable population.
But I can’t do it alone… and I’m asking for your help! I’ll do the manual labor if you provide the financial backing. Any contribution would have a significant impact, helping to offset on-the-ground staff costs, translators, and first aid supplies, as well as supporting Habitat’s program coordination and local construction. If you can’t give, I’ll take your well-wishes and positive encouragement as I embark on my journey. Thank you for your support!
An estimated 42 percent of Kenyans live below the poverty line, and 50 percent of its citizens are unemployed. Many families live in inadequate, overcrowded homes, frequently with only one room and no windows. The government estimates that between 750,000 and 1.5 million families are in need of housing.
About HFH Kenya
Since its founding in 1982, Habitat for Humanity Kenya has served more than 5,000 families in more than 100 communities, and has partnered with 80 other groups to improve the lives of Kenyans. Habitat uses local resources to build houses, including timber, stone or stabilized soil bricks. Habitat Kenya also offers financial education for potential homeowners, a microfinance program that provides loans in phases to avoid creating too much debt for the homeowner, and houses designated for families displaced by violence.Please visit this page often, as we will post updates on the trip’s status, upload photos and video as we get them, and share with you our personal experiences as we work in partnership with the Kenyan families.
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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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