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Postcards from the field (part 5) -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Postcards from the field (part 5)

‘I try to make people aware of what life in other countries is like’



I know what it’s like to live in poverty. I grew up in a large family, with six kids, and we were very poor. There were times when, without other people’s charity, we wouldn’t have had clothes or food or a roof over our heads. When I got to the point that I could give back, I started doing that.

I took my first Global Village trip to Ethiopia in 2010. I saw such horrendous poverty. I went home at the end of the trip and cried for three days. I thought: “What can I do about this? I can’t sit here and cry.” So I decided go on more trips.

I generally go on three a year. In addition to Ethiopia, I’ve joined teams that went to India, Indonesia, Nepal, Malawi, Haiti and Thailand.

Sometimes the sheer devastation is difficult to take. There’s no infrastructure, and nothing to help the local people. I try to make people aware of what life in other countries is like. We think poverty in America is bad, but it’s nothing like that of developing countries.

I try to get as many people to go on Global Village trips as possible. I have even dragged family members on some of my trips. Global Village has introduced me to some great people. I’ve maintained friendships with other volunteers.

Even though I haven’t stayed in touch with all the Habitat families that I’ve helped, they will always have a place in my heart. I hope they feel the same way about me.


Lynne Livingston
Portland, Oregon


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