Tithes to build homes and ties
The world’s housing need is immense and fighting it alone can be a tremendous challenge. Habitat has been founded on a belief that we can eliminate poverty housing and homelessness. But we need to work together–by building jointly and sharing resources.
Habitat affiliates give up to 10 percent of their recourses–a tithe–to support work in other parts of the country or globally. In some recipient countries, that 10 percent can build an entire house or two. In other places, it is enough to add just a room or a roof. Nevertheless, there is never a gift too small.
Habitat affiliates share their resources to fight poverty housing globally.
US affiliates have long been supporting Habitat’s international work. Foreign affiliates follow suit in sharing resources. In Europe and Central Asia, two Habitat affiliates chose to send money this year to geographically distant locations–Nepal and Guatemala.
“Most of our funds are formed from tithes from US affiliates, but in our turn we also give a tithe to another country. This year we sent USD 2,200 from local fundraising to Guatemala in Central America. We found out that with this amount we can build a whole house there,” said Marat Jidebaev, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Kyrgyzstan.
“From our colleague who had been there we heard about this culturally beautiful country and its big housing need.” He says that people of Kyrgyzstan, where almost half of the population lives in extreme poverty, know only too well from their own experience how living in substandard homes feels like.
“One of the main reasons why we dedicated to tithe to Guatemala was also to show that distance does not play any role when we want to achieve the common goal of eliminating housing poverty, ” said Marat Jidebaev.
Director of HFH Kyrgyzstan believes that common goal ties across borders.
In a similar fashion, Habitat Poland supported this year a program in Nepal with their USD 3,000 tithe.
“Habitat for Humanity Nepal works in partnership with local women groups who save together and help each other within their community. Tithed money has gone to assist six families in Jhapa,” said Amrita Sharma Suvedi, resource development manager for Habitat Nepal.
“Habitat Nepal assists families with incremental builds. The initial investment is in fact small but its impact is great, as it is matched with the groups’ savings,” explained Suvedi.
In July, Nepal held a dedication ceremony for the landmark 5,000th house. This event was to express appreciation to all those who bit by bit supported the work of the Nepal affiliate, with tithes, volunteer labor and big donations. This is the best way to spread resources and bring more smiles to the needy families Habitat serves throughout the world.
If you would like more information about tithing to programs in Europe and Central Asia, please visit our Tithing Partnerships page.
What is next?
Habitat wants people not only to read about poverty housing but do something to fight it. You can support Habitat’s work in Europe and Central Asia in a number of ways. Here are some examples:
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