Our goal was not to get killed, to stay out of the way of the neighbors, just to stay warm, and try not to blow up the place.
Things were so dangerous. The schools were closed and we just stayed in the bushes and the hills because the fighters were destroying everything.
When I came back
we lived as best we could in the wreck. It was terrible at night because of the snakes.
The home was in a bad area full of gangs and drug dealers. We feared for our safety.
Ive been living with cockroaches and mice for a long time. We gave our
4-year-old son the kitchen to sleep in, but thats where the rats were and we worried about disease.
Despite their far-flung geographic locations, these families had a few things in common: fear, insecurity, danger.
On a good day, their lives were consumed with getting by; on a bad day, with simple survival. They, like millions of others around the world, battled daily emergencies of health and safety needs. They subsisted, with little reason for hope, on the lowest rungs of psychologist Abraham Maslows hierarchy of needs.
And then one dayafter hard work, laced with tenacity and sheer gritthey became Habitat homeowners. Admittedly, a safe, decent and affordable house is not a panacea for every challenge Habitat families face. But without a doubt, it helps.
For these families, it surely provided a bold opportunity to step up on the hierarchical ladder. With freedom from fear, they could move beyond their obligatory obsession with basic survival. Now they can focus on things of higher value: peace, health, education, love, empowerment and self-esteem. And indeed they have. (Read their stories in the following pages.)
Lives transformed. With your help, thats what Habitat for Humanity helps families accomplish every day.
Thanks for reading
and for building.