I’ve long since been a fan of Habitat for Humanity since my friend Dave went to Columbia in 2004 and single-handedly built a village. Last year, I found myself able to make a contribution too, and helped put together a team to adopt a project in Nicaragua. Together we raised over $35,000 from friends, family and colleagues to help finance the project which covered the full costs of 10 new homes.
I’ve put together into a short documentary pulled from some poor footage I shot when I visited the project and worked for a week alongside the local community. It’s a bit long and my narration is awful, but there’s a nice ending!
Habitat is a non-profit organization that builds affordable decent houses for low-income people. Over the last 30 years, they have grown from their roots in southern Georgia (USA) to being one of the largest home-building organizations in the world. I think that last year they built over 70,000 homes for people in over 80 countries.
You too can have a similar experience. Habitat’s Global Village volunteer program provides opportunities to volunteer in over 50 countries around the world. In the US, there are also Habitat affiliates in most cities, and there are plenty of projects where you can turn up and build for a day or a whole season.