The More Than Houses Campaign Increases Our Capacity
The More Than Houses: Rebuilding Our Communities campaign was created to acquire the funds necessary to help build 100,000 more Habitat for Humanity houses by the end of 2005. Habitat for Humanity completed its 100,000th house in September 2000, after 24 years of building; the More Than Houses campaign will double that number of houses in one fifth of the time.
To do this, the More Than Houses campaign must raise $500 million. Donors around the world have recognized the value of the campaign and of Habitat for Humanity's mission to help people build simple, decent, affordable houses. Corporations, foundations, churches and individuals have given generously of their products, land and money; and the More Than Houses campaign is on track to achieve its ambitious fund-raising goals.
There is always a need for affordable housing, and we want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem, says Gary Armstrong, city administrator for the city of Snoqualmie, Wash., which gave a gift valued at $1.2 million to the More Than Houses campaign. Words truly don't describe the feeling you get knowing something that great is happening to all the families. It makes you feel good. It was a win-win situation for everyone.
In addition to accelerating the pace of building worldwide to the level necessary to build 100,000 more houses by the end of 2005, the More Than Houses campaign also enables Habitat for Humanity to increase its number of partners working to eliminate substandard housing. More Than Houses draws on affiliates, volunteers, donors, organizations, corporations and faith communities alike. The resources gained through these partnerships and the More Than Houses campaign will also help Habitat for Humanity develop more affiliates and increase the capacity for action among existing affiliates. This will help Habitat for Humanity to extend its efforts into more countries. The organization plans to be active in 100 nations by 2005.
Habitat for Humanity is compelled to increase its capacity and the pace of its building by the fact that more than 1 billion people in the world do not have a safe and decent place to go to bed at night. Countless families live in shacks with no electricity or running water, no heat or sanitation. The situation is dire, and the numbers are staggering; but through the capacity-building efforts of the More Than Houses campaign, Habitat for Humanity will complete its 200,000th housethus housing 1 million peopleby the end of 2005.
'They Brought a Great Amount
As soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the first fruits of their grain, new wine, oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything.
(2 Chronicles 31:5)
A cornerstone of Habitat for Humanity, tithing increases capacity, particularly in countries where fund raising is challenging. In 2002, affiliate tithing brought in $8.8 million.
Affiliates' tithes represent their commitment to Habitat for Humanity's goals, as well as their Christian faith. Tithing is a symbol of affiliates belief and trust in God. Tithing also can form long-term bonds between affiliates; frequently affiliates send their tithes to the same overseas affiliates year after yearbuilding houses and relationships that endure.