A Habitat India partner family.
In 2006, Habitat for Humanity India launched an ambitious five-year campaign, called IndiaBUILDS, to provide shelter and stability to 50,000 families.
As part of the campaign, Habitat India is bringing different segments of society together to build – including women from all backgrounds. In March 2010, Habitat India will host more than 100 international volunteers, from several different countries, to help build houses. The volunteers will work alongside members of local women’s savings groups as part of Habitat’s “Women Build” initiative.
Our team will be part of this tremendous effort.
This special build kicks off March 8, which – not so coincidentally – is International Women’s Day. We are seeking committed volunteers to join us in this unique, large-scale project, and to be a part of something much bigger than ourselves. We will be building in partnership with rural and underprivileged Indian women who have formed microfinance self-help groups so that they can save money to build better lives for their families.
Women volunteers are especially encouraged to apply – but men are certainly not excluded! Most importantly, our donations will be paired with the savings of women’s self-help groups to help some of India’s poorest families gain better lives. For more information, contact this team’s leaders at IndiaWomenBuild@gmail.com. Instructions on how to apply are available at the end of this flyer.
The Republic of India is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world and is a land as diverse as it is vast. Its population (more than 1.2 billion as of 2008) could even exceed China's by the end of 2010, making it the world's most populous country. Now in a period of liberalization, India faces the challenge of modernizing while trying to preserve its ancient culture. With an annual per capita income of US$300, the majority of Indian families are unable to afford a decent home. About 300 million people remain below the poverty line, according to various official estimates.
About Habitat for Humanity India and the Women Build program
Habitat for Humanity India was formed in 1983 and – as of last year’s 25th anniversary – had built and repaired homes in partnership with more than 25,000 families. Habitat’s ongoing IndiaBUILDS campaign aims to house 50,000 families over five years, mobilizing one million volunteers in the process and raising capital toward that goal. To help reach its goal, Habitat India has tapped into the Global Village and Women Build programs to rally more volunteers and donors.
Friday, March 5: Depart from home.
Saturday, March 6: Travel day.
Sunday, March 7: Arrive in Bangalore; welcome and orientation with Habitat India staff; check-in to accommodations.
Monday, March 8 – Saturday, March 13: Opening ceremony Monday and then work on the build site all week alongside other volunteers and local women; lunch on site each day; free time after work to clean up; dinner.
Sunday, March 14: Free day: activities in local community.
Monday, March 15 – Wednesday, March 17: Workdays on the build site; lunch on site each day; free time after work each day to clean up; dinner. Closing ceremony with the community and other volunteers on Wednesday, March 17.
Thursday, March 18: Departure day.
NOTE: Throughout the trip, we will have the opportunity to take part in evening activities with other international volunteers; go on community tours; participate in study sessions on women’s savings groups and interact with members of those groups; and take part in weekend sightseeing activities in southern India.
Team members can expect to stay in a simple hotel with double-occupancy in the rooms. Breakfast is usually provided at the hotel, and lunch will be eaten on the worksite. We’ll have dinner either back at the hotel or a various restaurants each night.
Trip cost includes: donations to Habitat India’s IndiaBUILDS program and to Habitat for Humanity International; meals; accommodations; transport (excluding trip participant airfare); medical emergency evacuation and trip cancellation insurance; some local cultural activities; team coordination and orientation materials. The team leader’s trip cost and estimated airfare may be included in the trip budget. The trip cost does not include trip participant airfare, extra R&R activities, and visa and exit fees.
Terry Gaar is looking forward to co-leading this Global Village trip to India. Terry turned down millions after her Nobel Prize win several years ago (hint: not true), to instead join Habitat for Humanity International’s Operation Home Delivery program, which helped rebuild the U.S. Gulf Coast – and she has participated in several builds there. Now working in HFHI’s Women Build department (since early 2007), she leads, plans and directs Women Build leadership training sessions twice a year. She has traveled to many countries, and hopes her first trip to India will not be her last!
Yes, Phillip Jordan is a male. Let’s just get that out of the way. Yet he’s still allowed to go on this trip – as are any other guys out there interested in this opportunity. Phillip works with HFHI in its Communications department. And though he hasn’t quite earned the acclaim that Terry has garnered in her tenure with Habitat, he truly enjoys what he’s doing. Phillip’s duties put him in frequent contact with Habitat’s international work (and with programs such as Women Build and Global Village), and he’s excited to share some of that knowledge on this trip.