AmeriCorps Alumni Build: Mozambique
Greetings, Habitat AmeriCorps alums! Have you wanted to travel the world and make a difference? If so, Habitat for Humanity's Global Village program is a great way to give back and gain a broader perspective of housing needs worldwide!
This will be the Habitat AmeriCorps Alumni Association's inaugural GV trip. We are inviting all AmeriCorps alums that served with Habitat, including National, VISTA, State and NCCC programs. Please join us with our pledge, "I am an AmeriCorps alum and am still getting things done."
Mozambique is a country of great potential and contrasts. It is bordered on one side by the beautiful Indian Ocean, but its population is strikingly young, with children accounting for half of the 20 million population.
As a generation of parents die to the HIV/AIDS crisis, they are leaving behind orphans. Habitat Mozambique is answering that challenge by building with the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project, which gives homes to orphans and their caretakers. The program includes legal and health education so that the children will have a secure, stable life ahead of them.
About Habitat for Humanity Mozambique
Habitat Mozambique has been active since 2000. We have built more than 2,000 homes and housed more than 7,500 people, most of them children. Habitat works with the local community to build housing and supply sanitation facilities, mosquito nets and certeza, a water-purifying liquid that makes water safe to drink. Each house is protected by a legally enforceable will that prevents property grabbing and ensures that children will have the legal right to remain in the home even if their caregiver dies.
Habitat houses are made with cement blocks, concrete floors and metal roofs. Without any major maintenance these homes will last for more than 20 years.
Type of construction for volunteers
Along with skilled laborers, volunteers will build simple cement-block homes of one to three rooms, depending on family size.
- Friday, Aug. 30: Depart from the U.S.
- Saturday, Aug. 31: Arrive in Maputo; transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
- Sunday, Sept. 1: Breakfast at the hotel; lunch and travel to project site; welcome and orientation with local staff; dinner with national office staff; overnight at hotel.
- Monday, Sept. 2-Thursday, Sept. 5: 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.
- Friday, Sept. 6: Breakfast served before traveling to worksite; work in the morning if necessary; farewell celebration; dinner and overnight.
- Saturday, Sept. 7: Breakfast at hotel before traveling to Maputo; check-in at Maputo hotel; free time in the afternoon; farewell dinner with HFH Mozambique staff; overnight.
- Sunday, Sept. 8: Breakfast at hotel; depart for home or separate R&R activities.
The team 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 workdays; one meal is provided for arrival and departure days.
$2,190 per person
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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Mike is a AmeriCorps alum from the 2005 Kentucky State program where he served at Lexington Habitat for Humanity. Since then, he has worked at Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West and Habitat for Humanity International. Mike led a previous GV trip to Ethiopia and lived for a short time in both Kenya and Cambodia. He loves to travel and is looking forward to leading a great group of AmeriCorps Alums who are committed to service. You can email Mike for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.