Within the Caribbean islands state of Trinidad and Tobago, substantial pockets of poverty exist. Home ownership for those in this economic state can be very hard or impossible to achieve. The rising cost of houses and land, unwillingness of financial institutions to lend, unstable employment, and lack of certificates of inherited land are all major obstacles for many families to get a decent place to live. Those who have managed to secure land often live in self-made, dilapidated homes of old wood and/or cinder blocks. Without the means to repair, improve or expand, families can find themselves in cramped, unsanitary, decaying structures that they call home.
This Build Louder Team from Habitat-NYC is joining Global Village in supporting Habitat for Humanity Trinidad and Tobago’s building program as we work to change lives and communities. This unique trip will combine building and advocacy by meeting with community leaders, NGOs, local media, and elected officials to learn about and discuss the complex housing issues facing the country and ways creative solutions can be implemented to aid in eradicating poverty housing. The team will be raising our voices as well as our hammers for the cause of affordable housing in Trinidad.
Working in partnership with low-income families to build or repair safe and affordable houses and advocating for policy and structural changes helps to break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness. The reality of meeting basic needs is easily possible once families have adequate living conditions. A place to clean clothes and keep them clean, safely store food, sleep well, meet necessary hygiene needs, build family relationships, and participate in the community all becomes possible with safe, affordable, decent homes.
Through home-building and partnering with families, Habitat will not only create shelter, but also improve family health, build a sense of security and dignity, increase opportunities for families to generate their own income, and empower the entire community by involving the families directly in building their new homes and lives. Please consider donating to this worthy cause today.
About Global Village
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 Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 3 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit habitat.org.