Category Archives: Volunteering

Cochabamba, Bolivia (April 2020)

Apply now to join this team if you would like to assist a family to improve their home in Cochabamba, Bolivia! We’ll be working on a project called “We are Waiting for You at Home” which focuses on assisting families with children who are suffering from chronic medical conditions. The goal is to expand and improve existing homes in order to provide a safe, healthy environment for the children to recover and thrive once they return home from the hospital. I was recently in Santa Cruz, Bolivia on the same project and captured a little bit about the experience here. I’m excited to return!

Please read on for more information about the work of Habitat for Humanity Bolivia and if you are so inclined, use this link to financially support this project.

The mountainous South American country of Bolivia has a population of more than 9 million, about 55 percent of whom do not have easy access to safe drinking water or sewage services. Most Bolivian families live in overcrowded homes built with adobe — a mix of clay and straw — with dirt floors. They are highly susceptible to pests, including a bug that transmits an incurable neurological disease, have unstable roofs, and water and sanitation problems.

Habitat for Humanity Bolivia has been building homes since 1985 throughout the country, including in Santa Cruz, a city of more than 1 million people. These brick and concrete homes provide a stable, safe and healthy environment.

About The Global Village Program

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.

La Paz, Bolivia (April 2020)

Apply now to join this special “Children’s Day” build in La Paz Bolivia! We’ll be working on a project called “We are Waiting for You at Home” which focuses on assisting families with children who are suffering from chronic medical conditions. The goal is to expand and improve existing homes in order to provide a safe, healthy environment for the children to recover and thrive once they return home from the hospital. I was recently in Santa Cruz, Bolivia on the same project and captured a little bit about the experience here. I’m excited to return!

Please read on for more information about the work of Habitat for Humanity Bolivia and if you are so inclined, use this link to financially support this project.

The mountainous South American country of Bolivia has a population of more than 9 million, about 55 percent of whom do not have easy access to safe drinking water or sewage services. Most Bolivian families live in overcrowded homes built with adobe — a mix of clay and straw — with dirt floors. They are highly susceptible to pests, including a bug that transmits an incurable neurological disease, have unstable roofs, and water and sanitation problems.

Habitat for Humanity Bolivia has been building homes since 1985 throughout the country, including in Santa Cruz, a city of more than 1 million people. These brick and concrete homes provide a stable, safe and healthy environment.

About The Global Village Program

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.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (October 2020)

It is estimated that only 70% of Ethiopia’s housing is in need of total replacement. With a population of over 3 million, Addis Ababa is considered a slum area characterized by lack of adequate sanitation facilities. Solid waste is generally disposed of into storm water, ditches, sewers or rivers. There are no water points within acceptable distance for families living in poverty. HFH Ethiopia works on home renovations/reconstruction and access to safe water and improved sanitation in slum areas. It is in this area that our project will take place.

More information about this project is below. If you would like to make a financial contribution in support of this project, please use this link.

Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia (HFHE) started working in 1993 with the aim of assisting low income families to move out of substandard housing. As a result of the efforts made over the years, more than 67,000 families (over 200,000 people) who could not afford even basic renovations of their housing units now live in decent homes and healthy environment. The target beneficiaries are people with low income, vulnerable and marginalized groups, women headed households and elderly people. While providing decent houses, Habitat Ethiopia has been able to help families in 19 communities across the country.

HFHE also partners with families and communities to create access to safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene, and communal infrastructure. Disaster Risk Response and Reduction has also been implemented to assist families affected by drought.

About Habitat for Humanity 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 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.

Maseru, Lesotho (September 2020)

I’m looking for 12-14 volunteers excited to support families in Lesotho achieve a stable and durable home! Some basic information about the project is below. Email me for information on how to join this team or click here to make a financial contribution in support of Habitat for Humanity Lesotho.

Habitat for Humanity Lesotho launched its program in 2001 and has worked in seven of the ten districts. These districts are located in both the lowlands and the foothills of the Mountain Kingdom. HFH Lesotho constructs block and brick homes consisting of corrugated iron roofs. Homes range from either a single-room addition to three-roomed houses. All houses have a detached latrine.

The current initiative at HFH Lesotho is called the BUILD Lesotho Project (Bringing Shelter and United Initiatives to Lift Disadvantaged Children), which is a multi-year project targeting orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in the northern districts of Lesotho. Since many OVC families cannot afford minimal loan payments, HFH Lesotho provides fully subsidized homes to ensure their protection. HFH Lesotho also advocates on behalf of vulnerable groups, such as OVC and widows, by disseminating information about inheritance and property rights as well as providing will registration assistance. Through these activities, HFH Lesotho helps vulnerable families in Lesotho improve their lives and protect their futures.

About Habitat for Humanity 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 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.

Salima, Malawi (July 2020)

Come together with a team of like-minded volunteers to work with the community building homes that improve the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children. Your support is much appreciated – click here for information on how to join this team or here to provide a financial contribution!

Malawi is a country of immense beauty — and extreme poverty. It is one of the least developed countries in the world. The economy is predominately agricultural and is dependent on substantial international assistance.

About 4 out of 5 families in Malawi live on less than $2USD/day in substandard conditions with little means to achieve an affordable, decent house. A typical home is made of mud bricks with a dirt floor and grass-thatched roof, which requires frequent repairs. Leaky roofs and mud floors create damp conditions and attract insects, putting families at high risk of contracting disease. With 1.5 million orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi, the housing demand far exceeds the supply. Habitat for Humanity Malawi’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project builds fully subsidized homes for families in need of safe, affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity Malawi, established in 1986, constructs houses of burnt clay bricks, concrete floors and tile roofs. More than 5,000 houses have been built so far. By providing improved housing to families, Habitat Malawi has enhanced lives and reduced the occurrence of malaria, respiratory illnesses and intestinal parasites.

About the Global Village Program

Global Village is Habitat for Humanity’s international volunteer program. Teams travel to over 25 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 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.