Most of us think of Hawaii as a playground for the wealthy, however, the locals find it a very expensive place to live and very difficult to find adequate affordable housing.
Come join our group of 12 volunteers dedicated to help build a new home for a needy family. No experience is necessary, just a dedication to work alongside others who want to help build a better world.
Kauai is a small island about 25 miles wide by 33 miles long. It’s the northernmost Hawaiian Island and its economy is mostly agricultural and tourism. Many of the residents are native Hawaiians, Tahitian, Samoan, Chinese, Filipino and a number of other ethnic groups. The population of the island is 56,000.
Much of the housing has been replaced with vacation homes, condominiums and hotels. Land and homes are priced very high and it’s very difficult for locals to afford standard housing for their families. The average home on the island is priced at nearly $500,000. The median income is about $56,000 for a family of four. There's a large homeless problem with entire families living on the beach, in cars or with relatives. Very few working class families can afford their own home.
About Kauai Habitat for Humanity
Kauai Habitat for Humanity's mission is to eliminate substandard housing and improve the communities for the local population. Kauai Habitat was formed in 1993 and has built more than 100 homes since that time. It has recently launched a project called Ele'ele Project, which plans to build another 100 houses. Learn more at www.kauaihabitat.org.
Types of construction for volunteers:
All types of construction work involved in building a new home. Houses in Kauai are built similarly to those in the United States with a wood framed construction. No prior construction experience is necessary.
Saturday, January 5 (arrival day): Greeted at airport; transportation to accommodations; dinner and team meeting.
Sunday, January 6: Orientation; meet the other volunteers; possibly some sightseeing.
Monday-Saturday, January 7-12 (work days): Breakfast before traveling to worksite; work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with lunch on-site; time after dinner for team activities; special events during the week such as joining local activities and a community dinner.
Sunday, January 13: Free time for activities and sightseeing; farewell dinner.
Monday, January 14: Departure for airport.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!
Joe D'Amico has volunteered for Habitat in Romania, Egypt, South Africa, China, Honduras and Argentina in addition to leading or co-leading builds in Thailand and on the big Island of Hawaii. He can be contacted at Joeydeluxe@juno.com. Come join us, we'll do some wonderful charitable work, meet new friends and have a great time!