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Windows on the work: March 2010 -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Windows on the work: March 2010

Glimpses inside Habitat happenings

How they’re learning in Latin America

Habitat’s Latin American and Caribbean region recently launched an online course to educate supporters about poverty housing issues low-income family’s perspective. The interactive course features the Martinez family as they move to a city, find a place settle and figure out how to make a life for themselves. The course is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.



Who’s getting wired around the world

Habitat’s Europe/Central Asia region has partnered with the Connect the World Foundation to collaborate on building five eco-communities on four continents. Habitat will build homes with local families and volunteers in five countries—Tajikistan, Chile, Malawi, Macedonia and the U.S. Gulf Coast—and Connect the World Foundation will take responsibility for equipping the houses with a power source derived from sustainable sources and, where feasible, broadband digital connections. The first year of the partnership will serve communities in Macedonia and Chile.

Who’s raising money in Cape Cod

Two Habitat supporters, Bill Witmer and Pat Taylor, have turned a fondness for building boats to Habitat’s advantage by raffling a handmade cedar kayak for the past eight years. In 2009, they raised more than $20,000 for Habitat Cape Cod. Each kayak takes about four months to build.

Who’s walking in California

Jimmy Kimmel, host of the late-night television show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, walked with his staff and crew, the casts of 90210 and Melrose Place, and 900 other volunteers to raise money with Habitat San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys in California. October’s “American Dream 5K Walk” raised more than $85,000 for the affiliate. Walkers paraded through the streets of Pacoima with the San Fernando High School Marching Band to break ground on a portion of a new development that will eventually house 61 Habitat families.