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Special builds: Women in action in Tajikistan

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“This makes me proud to be a woman,” said Susan Njoroge at the good-bye dinner when recapping the Women Build experience in Tajikistan. Susan and five other women from Africa, Europe, Middle East and the U.S. spent the first week of July building a home with Musabbe Muhiddinova in Khujand. The Women Build in Tajikistan was part of a larger Habitat movement: Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Program whose mission is to enable U.S. and international affiliates to recruit, educate and nurture women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities.

The international Women Build events like the one in Tajikistan are aimed at bringing women of different nationalities, backgrounds and faiths together to learn from and empower each other to bring change to the world we live in.

The international Women Build team built together with local women and Musabbe’s family. Part of the event was a facilitated workshop on the role of women in Tajikistan and abroad, conducted by a director of a local women’s crises center.

The bonding with Musabbe and her children was obvious from the first day. Passing bricks and buckets of mortar, fighting bugs and standing the heat was suddenly fun and a nice challenge once the walls of the house started to appear and the working mood got boosted by songs and dancing rhythm. As in all Global Village trips, besides the hard work the team enjoyed an active time off: dancing and picnicking on the beach, shopping at the bazaar, visiting a fortune teller, tasting Tajik cuisine, and more, while enjoying themselves and getting to know each other better.

The Tajikistan Women Build was part of a series of special events that were held across the Europe and Central Asia region throughout the year. The Easter Builds in Romania and Portugal, the Parent and Child Build in Armenia, the Serve and Learn Build in Romania and pan-European corporate builds across the region are just a few other examples.

We call you to lead or join a special build with Habitat! Share and develop relationships while building homes and hope with a family in need. You will become a part of their home while they become a part of your heart. For more information, check the featured builds section of our trip schedule.

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:

• Visit our donations page to support projects in Tajikistan.
• Go to country profile pages to learn about other programs in this country.

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