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In almost 40 years of helping families improve their housing situations, we at Habitat for Humanity have seen firsthand how critical housing is to families and to communities.
We realized from the beginning that when we build structures, we are also Welcome - Go! - What We Build Together dignity, hope and opportunity.
It is about helping families lift themselves out of poverty to become self-sufficient. Our efforts help people realize improvements in health, education outcomes and employment, and we have been instrumental in revitalizing communities and changing policies and systems that hinder access to adequate shelter. At its core, Habitat is also about giving meaning to volunteers and supporters.
Imagine a 3-year-old who is so excited about having a bathroom in her home that she gets up every morning to clean the sink. Imagine feeling like you have no purpose in life until volunteering alongside other families to help them create a simple, decent place to live changes your outlook. We also know that housing is just as important to the health of a community as it is to the health of individuals.
Investing in sustainable, affordable housing attracts new businesses, creates jobs and, many times, makes communities safer. On many occasions when Habitat has served as a catalyst and organizer, communities have rallied together to develop innovative ideas that lead to positive change.
In addition, homes in many disaster-prone areas are now better able to withstand the damage caused by earthquakes and storms.
The photo that accompanies this letter focuses on a little boy named Darwin whose house I worked on recently in Colombia. He has lived in a household of women all his life, and he delighted in the kind of acrobatics I always did with my children. My team expanded and upgraded the home that his grandmother Rosalbina shares with her two daughters and their three children. We worked Welcome - Go! - What We Build Together mixing cement by hand, Why Cant He Be You - Patsy Cline - 12 Greatest Hits endless buckets and lifting large bricks onto walls at high altitude.
Because no banks will give them loans, they save up to buy a few bricks at a time. But we can provide hope, and we can create opportunities so that people feel like they have a chance for their lives to be better and their communities to be stronger. Three-year-old Ana Maria Aldana had news she could not wait to share with just about anyone she came across. As soon as her mother partnered with Habitat for Humanity Colombia to renovate their one-room home — and then make incremental improvements and additions over time — young Ana Maria wanted everyone to know that the family now had a bathroom and a shower.
But how was she to know that was normal? Monica Aldana described their pre-Habitat living conditions as terrible. The family of six lived in the byfoot one-room structure that they were trying to build themselves, with no ventilation and no bathroom or kitchen.
And the Aldanas were not alone in their struggle: Nearly one-third of Colombian households lack adequate housing. In many countries, the problem is even worse.
I used to cry a lot. Now they invite them over. The community has high unemployment, and the few existing jobs are poorly paid and dangerous.
Poor or nonexistent sanitation and extensive overcrowding are part of everyday life. Lipi Ansari believed in herself even when her bleak surroundings looked hopeless. The year-old mother of two in Bawana, north of Delhi, India, was ready to stop moving from one destitute place to another and to use her exceptional talent for sewing to provide the economic stability she needed. She was granted a housing loan through Habitat, and with the help of volunteers, she built a home in She owns four sewing machines and pays assistants to help with the business.
She also takes on apprentices from the community, teaching them the precision of each stitch and giving others a chance to earn a decent income for their families. Ansari is among the thousands of homeowners around the world each year who can tell the story of how partnering with Habitat helped them and their families move toward economic stability. After completing the nine months of training, a student can earn more in a day as a mason on a construction site than he would make in two months cultivating crops.
Yondella Hall loves her community of Cully, a diverse neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, where the residents look out for one another. But as her old house deteriorated, she worried about whether she would be able to stay. I came home every day worried that my roof might collapse.
She soon learned that the leak in her living room was much more complicated than she had thought. Habitat educated me not only on the repairs, but on the health issues, too. Through an affordable Habitat loan, Hall was Welcome - Go! - What We Build Together to buy a new Blue On A Black Weekend - Travis - The Complete B-Sides and gutter system.
Habitat also connected her with Verde, an organization focused on building environmental wealth in communities, which helped her install a rain garden in her backyard, directing runoff from her roof to sustain a beautiful, functional native plant garden.
She expressed her gratitude as she looked forward 13 - LANY - LANY many more years in her home and in the Cully neighborhood. Habitat not only helped me repair my home, but it made me feel like a bigger part of the community.
At Habitat, we build communities, and we also help strengthen existing communities like Cully through partnerships that help maintain pride and dignity for homeowners. People deserve safe, affordable homes, but they also need a healthy community environment in which to thrive. Research shows that when residents of a neighborhood feel they belong to a vibrant, connected community, they are more likely to forge bonds of social capital.
Their collective action can reduce neighborhood crime, revitalize the housing stock, turn weedy vacant lots into playgrounds, or get speed bumps installed on streets where children play.
Habitat for Humanity spurs some of these changes through our neighborhood revitalization work, with participating affiliates partnering with specific communities and frequently combining the construction of new Habitat homes with repairs on existing homes. Surveys have shown that residents appreciate that their lives are better for having had Habitat partner with their communities.
Habitat for Humanity Fresno County California has been partnering with the residents Welcome - Go! - What We Build Together the West Fresno neighborhood since According to a survey, residents said they attended more community meetings, felt safer walking in the neighborhood after dark and were more satisfied in general living in the neighborhood.
In Jacksonville, Florida, members of the New Town community, the focus community of Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonvillereported increased interactions with their neighbors and said they were more likely to recommend the neighborhood to others.
Kabwe Chongo, 9, is the grandson of Habitat homeowner Bupe Mpanda. Bupe Welcome - Go! - What We Build Together lived in her home since January and takes care of five grandchildren. The program is supported by Irish Aid through Habitat for Humanity Ireland, and is being implemented in Ndola in the Copperbelt Province and in urban slums around Lusaka. SinceHabitat has helped 6. Habitat for Humanity Haiti marked the fifth anniversary since a devastating earthquake struck in Habitat for Humanity Haiti has helped 55, families — aboutindividuals — through its disaster recovery program and subsequent community development activities.
The number of vulnerable group households that were served throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. More than 6, Les Voyageurs - Gilles Vigneault - Musicorama took off their shoes to walk 2 or 4 kilometers for the Bare Your Sole fundraiser in Singapore.
More than 2 million volunteers are mobilized each year to build, advocate and raise awareness about the global need for shelter. Donate today. Download the full report [PDF, 7mb]. Together we build. Together, we build better lives around the world. Together we are Habitat. Together we build hope and pride. Together we build economic independence.
Together we build communities. Together we build personal empowerment for women and girls. Together we build innovation. By the numbers. Together we build because 1 in 4 people around the world lives in poverty housing. Help Habitat continue to make a difference for families worldwide.
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