Help us build a home in rural Malawi for a caretaker and child that has been orphaned because of HIV-AIDs related death. Donations support this build and Habitat for Humanity.
The Dawson and Hasson families (that includes you, Wendy!) are excited to join forces In support of Habitat for Humanity in Eastern Africa (http://www.habitat.org/ame). This July we will be constructing a home in rural Malawi for a caretaker and child who has been orphaned because of HIV-AIDs.
As many of you know, Deva has been volunteering with Habitat for over ten years across several countries: the US, Japan, Malaysia (Borneo), Kenya, Mongolia--and in several different capacities: day builds, global village builds, and at the organizational level in Japan. This year, she increased her commitment to Habitat and became a Habitat Global Village Trip Leader. She's decided to use her and Orin's families as guinea pigs for her first ever post as Trip Leader (!), and is hoping to lead more trips in the future that include many of you reading this page!
Our team has a goal of raising $2,500 per person. Your donation will support this Malawi house construction as well as continued building throughout the area. Your gift is an investment in our world, and in particular, safe, affordable housing in Malawi for families who struggle to survive there each day.
Please note, we are leveraging employer match programs so the dollars you donate go further. As a result, however, your donations through this site are not tax deductable, nor are they likely eligible for any of your own employer match programs. If you have any questions about this, or would like to understand better how we're maximizing your support please just ask!
About Habitat for Humanity Malawi (http://www.habitat.org/where-we-build/malawi ) Malawi is a country of 15 million people in Eastern Africa, bordering Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania. With an HIV prevalence rate of 12 percent (within the top 10 highest incidence rates in the world), among many other challenges, Malawi has hundreds of thousands of AIDS orphans. HFH Malawi was established in 1986 and exists to address poverty housing issues amongst orphans and vulnerable children, and low income people. By providing improved housing to families, Habitat Malawi has enhanced the lives of people and reduced the occurrence of malaria, respiratory illnesses and intestinal parasites.
A typical Habitat home in Malawi are made of kiln-fired clay bricks, glass windows, air vents for good ventilation and iron sheet roofs. Each house has a foundation made from large stones, brick or cement.
Habitat for Humanity (https://www.habitat.org)
Briefly, Habitat is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. They achieve their mission mainly through direct construction of homes in partnership with volunteers and the families in need. Habitat families enroll in housing microfinance programs to save for their homes and also contribute "sweat equity", helping to build their own homes. Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses, providing more than one million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. It has an active presence in dozens of countries and territories.
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