With the help of people like you, Habitat for Humanity has provided safe, affordable housing to people in need all over the world for the past 40 years. And while Habitat Chicago works locally and autonomously, we are also part of an international mission, proudly supporting the work of our counterparts around the globe. In fact, since our founding in Chicago, we have funded 77 housing services abroad through our annual Habitat International tithe.
Since 2012, Habitat Chicago and Habitat Malawi have been tithe partners. Located in the southeast region of Africa, Malawi faces a number of challenges, but the Habitat staff there focus on three, distinct initiatives to improve the circumstances and lives of its citizens.
The first program strives to enhance the resilience of households living in flood-prone areas by supporting and enabling them to have permanent, durable and flood-resistant shelter. Second, they provide Housing Support Services (HSS) to low-income people in partnership with housing microfinance institutions. Finally, Habitat Malawi provides fully subsidized homes for orphans and other vulnerable population groups.
In 2015, we sent a volunteer team to Malawi to connect directly with our partner, and participate in several home-building projects. It was a remarkable trip, and allowed us as a staff, and the volunteers who joined us, to serve in new ways, enjoy a beautiful culture, and advance the Habitat mission on a global scale.
"It has been over a week now since I left Malawi and said good-bye to the sea of bright smiling faces of the village children in the Salima District village. Their laughter, energy, and wide-eyed curiosity will forever be seared in my memory. My sense is that the village really does raise the child, as the saying goes. Bereft of any of the modern technological conveniences we take for granted, the villagers work hard sustaining a life for themselves, their families, and each other. It is a dynamic that is certainly important and necessary for the wellbeing of everyone. I was glad that I participated in work that helped support and sustain that dynamic. I think it was appreciated from the village chief, the elders, and on down to the restless little ones. To the people of the Salima District village: I say nkomo, thank you, for your warmth and hospitality. You have provided a memory of Africa that I shall cherish and never forget. To my fellow Habitat crew members, I say nkomo to you as your hard work and camaraderie greatly enhanced my experience on this build and this fantastic trip to the heart of Africa."
-Wesley, May 2015
We welcome having you as a volunteer on our next trip. If you are interested in joining us and your fellow Chicagoans on our next Global Village trip, or if you would like to support the ongoing work of Habitat Malawi, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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