Around the world, Habitat for Humanity relies on the support of volunteers, donors and advocates to achieve its vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Because of this teamwork, a family moves into a Habitat home every four minutes.
Last March, volunteers from Colombia, Costa Rica, Canada, United States, Guyana and Paraguay joined the “World Team”, a special brigade that repaired homes of low-income families in Recife, Brazil, and participated in soccer clinics with young people from the community.
These dedicated volunteers and the families whose homes they improved were the inspiration for a 30-second video
that shows how Habitat for Humanity provides opportunities for people to work with their friends and alongside their neighbors, or to travel across the globe to build homes in partnership with future Habitat homeowners.
As explained by Steve Little, Public Awareness director for Latin America and the Caribbean, the “World Team” in Recife was a perfect example of how teamwork is essential not only in an universal sport such as soccer, but also in helping people around the world break the cycle of poverty through decent housing.
“Volunteers from six different countries came to Brazil to repair homes for a community in need. It was an expression of dedication and teamwork, and the result was improved living conditions for five families, which will change their lives forever,” said Little. “As the world’s spotlight shines on Brazil to see teammates working together to win the World Cup, we wanted to illustrate through this video how everyone can be part of the team to eliminate poverty housing locally, regionally, and around the world.”
This video will be distributed at the regional level, through Habitat for Humanity´s offices in 16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. It features three versions in Spanish, Portuguese and English.