Join this trip to experience a new culture and work in partnership with deserving families to build decent housing. Construction skills are not necessary, just openness to new adventures and new relationships, compassion, a sense of humor, and a willingness to work hard and to get dirty.
Mozambique is a country of great potential. Located in southern Africa, it has more than 2,500 km of Indian Ocean coastline. Its population is strikingly young, with children composing half of its population of 20 million.
In Mozambique, 500 people become infected with HIV/AIDS every day, especially women and children. As a generation of parents die, they leave behind a social vacuum.
Since the end of the civil war in 1992 Mozambique’s economy has grown, however it remains among the world’s poorest 20 countries and ranks 175 out of 179 on the 2008 Human Development index. Income per capita is $370, and more than 58 percent of children live below the poverty line. 70 percent of people live in rural areas and subsist by farming small plots of land, while others leave families behind to migrate to South Africa to find work.
About Habitat for Humanity Mozambique
Habitat has been active in Mozambique since 2000, building more than 2,000 homes and housing more than 7,500 people, most of them children. In 2004, the decision was made to work exclusively with orphans and vulnerable children, as the AIDS epidemic leaves thousands of children orphaned and living in unhealthy, unsafe housing.
Habitat works with the communities to build simple, decent homes and also provides a toilet, mosquito nets and certeza (a water purifying liquid which makes water safe to drink).
Each house is also protected by a legally enforceable will, ensuring that property grabbing does not take place and that children have the legal right to remain in the home even if their caregiver dies.
Habitat houses are made of cement blocks, concrete floors and metal roofs. Without any major maintenance these homes will last for more than 20 years, keeping children and their families safe and healthy.
Habitat concentrates its resources on the Gaza province, where the HIV rate is high and whole communities are focused on grandmother and grandchild.
Type of Construction for Volunteers
Volunteers will build simple cement-block homes with members of the local community. Homes will be 1, 2 or 3 rooms depending on family size.
Day 1, Saturday: Arrive in Maputo during the afternoon/evening; transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2, Sunday: Breakfast at the hotel; late arrivals are greeted at airport by HFH Mozambique staff and transferred to the hotel; lunch and travel to project site; welcome and orientation with local staff; dinner with national office staff; overnight at hotel.
Days 3-8, Monday-Saturday: Breakfast served before traveling to work site; work from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. with lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up; dinner; time for team activities.
Day 9, Sunday: Breakfast; opportunity to visit local church; cultural activities; closing celebration; farewell dinner.
Day 10, Monday: Breakfast at hotel before traveling to Maputo; check-in hotel in Maputo; free time in the afternoon; farewell dinner with HFH Mozambique staff; overnight.
Day 11, Tuesday: Breakfast at hotel; depart for home.
Teams will stay in modest hotels/guesthouses throughout the entire trip. Rooms are shared and have electricity, showers and toilets. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided for all work days; one meal is provided for arrival and departure days.
(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!
Ken and Suzanne Popp have led HFH teams to Africa every year since 2001. They started their African mission work in 1969 with Peace Corps in West Africa. They have many repeat volunteers on their HFH teams and look to have a diverse and fun team from all over the U.S. and wherever volunteers come from.
If you are interested in working in partnership with future homeowners and a group of adventurous and diverse volunteers, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.