I've decided to help make a difference by joining Habitat for Humanity on a mission to Guatemala. The funds I raise go directly to the program and DO NOT go to pay for my travel,
I'm the CEO of Gourmet Imports, a specialty food importer in Los Angeles. We supply Restaurants and other food establishments with the best ingredients from the world over. I am proud of what I do, but i am also aware of the huge disparity between what "food" (& dining) means to me & much of world versus what it means to those in low-income countries such as Guatemala. I cannot apologize for my blessed life, the unforgettable meals I've had (& $$$ spent), nor for selling wonderful & often expensive food products. I support an industry & professionals that I love and respect deeply. I must however open my eyes to the huge gap that exists between my life and that of so many others and choose to make a difference. For many years, I have supported various charities, but I felt that I needed to get closer to those in need and truly experience first-hand what life is in other parts of the world. In October, I will have that opportunity and I look forward to it being the beginning of a chapter in my life of greater giving & support to those in need.
One of the most significant challenges to housing in Guatemala is access to land. Many low-income families have no legal proof that they own the land they inhabit. These properties rarely have basic utilities and are often located in vulnerable areas, such as ravines and riverbanks. Even when a family has moderate income or has managed to save a small amount of money, obtaining a loan to purchase land or buy a home is often a challenge.
Established in 1979 to improve the lives of low-income families in Guatemala through the construction of adequate, affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity Guatemala was the first Habitat organization in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Since the construction of its first home more than 30 years ago, Habitat Guatemala has served more than 32,000 families and has extended its work to each of the country’s 22 states. Habitat for Humanity does much more than just build houses, including raising awareness about the need for adequate housing, advocating for improved housing policy, and much more.
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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