You may not know this, but your giving to Habitat for Humanity reaches around the world.
That’s because Habitat affiliates in the U.S. tithe 10 percent of what we’ve been blessed with and send those dollars to work around the world.
When you give, you are not only eliminating poverty housing from Itasca County. You’re also eliminating it around the world!
Our affiliate send dollars to Nicaragua. This South American county has 6.1 million people and is slightly smaller in size than the state of New York.
In large part because almost half the population lives on the equivalent of just two U.S. dollars per day, the housing (and other needs) there are significant.
The solutions in Nicaragua aren’t simple, but there are solutions.
Habitat is helping through building new homes with partners, and because half of Nicaraguan homes need infrastructure improvements, Habitat is also helping through community-wide solutions like seed houses and water and sanitation projects.
Together, we’re also providing microfinance opportunities to help with home improvements and offer technical assistance. And because Habitat believes in long-term sustainability, we increasingly provide financial literacy training, safe and healthy housing, and education on housing law and land tenure so families can defend their rights to their property.
Your giving reaches these families.
And then there are the volunteers. Habitat Nicaragua mobilizes volunteers from the Netherlands, Canada and the U.S. Volunteers come to build homes, but also work in schools, universities and businesses and help with communications and development.
You can get involved, too! Our affiliate has an opportunity to participate in a partnership project with Thrivent Financial in 2016. Look for more details early next year!