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I will pay the full cost of the trip myself. Any donations from others will be gratefully accepted and will go directly to Habitat for Humanity to further the cause of providing housing around the world. One of the main things I like about the Habitat model is that they help people who are willing to help themselves. They do not give houses away. Habitat homeowners pay for their houses with sweat equity and monthly payments. Volunteer labor, individual donations, and corporate sponsorships make those homes affordable.
This team is building houses for kids. It is not the typical "Habitat family". These are kids that are orphaned and have no options unless an adult chooses to care for them. There are no orphanages. A caring adult, however, usually lives in a windowless mud hut with wet, dirt floors themselves and has no way to bring in these children. Habitat Malawi builds a very small brick home, with a cement floor, metal roof, and windows to provide light in the evenings. Mosquitoe nets are provided to protect from the biggest killer of children under five - malaria. The children are legally registered and therefore can own the home, regardless of what may happen to the caregiver. Caregivers are often a grandmother, aunt, or even older sibling or widowed woman in the village. They live with the children to provide safety and nutrition, and make sure the kids go to school and have medical checkups.
Without a home to go to at night, the children are vulnerable to hunger, disease, and human predators. They have no choices, no resources. Their fault is to be born in the poorest country in the world. One in eight of them will die. There are 7 million children. You do the math.
Praying for them is a good start, but you cannot merely pray for them. You must pray that YOU are given the resolve to do something about it. You cannot ask for angels, you must BE an angel. There are not enough angels...yet.
It costs $4500 for the materials and labor, mosquito nets, the legal documents to register the births of the children (usually 3-6 kids per house) and their rights to ownership, the caregiver selection and support, and the awareness raising campaign. What a deal, to literally save the lives of these kids. Being an angel was never so easy.
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 has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People 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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