AMERICUS, Ga., April 30 - Women around the country are celebrating Mother's Day in an extraordinary way - by building homes to help children in need as part of Women Building A Legacy. Habitat for Humanity International's Women Build Department created the program to empower women from all walks of life to build Habitat houses, moving children and their families out of poverty. More than 12 million U.S. children - one out of every six - live in substandard poverty housing.
Thanks to the women who plan to celebrate Mother's Day by building houses, Sarah Byrd of Greenville, S.C., will become a first-time homeowner. While working second shift and cleaning houses on the side, Byrd already has worked more than 250 "sweat equity" hours in Greenville's Habitat store as part of the down payment for her home. She looks forward to joining the women volunteers as they build a house for her 13-year-old daughter and a granddaughter. "I'm going to be there every day," Byrd said. "I don't think I can come home from work and go to sleep knowing they're building something of mine."
Locations of Women Building A Legacy Mother's Day projects include Dayton, Ohio; Greenville, S.C.; Omaha, Neb.; Lexington, Ky.; Belen, N.M. and Lawrence, Kan. Information on additional Women Build projects is available at www.habitat.org/wb .
Women celebrities, state first ladies and women from all walks of life are working together to build a legacy of better housing for children whose health, growth and potential are threatened by substandard housing. Realizing they can transform children's lives by simply ensuring that children have decent and safe places to lay their heads at night, Women Building A Legacy volunteers will build at least 100 Habitat for Humanity houses. Women Building A Legacy, an 18-month program of Habitat for Humanity International's Women Build Department, empowers women to address the crisis of substandard housing and adds to the more than 350 Habitat houses built by women since 1991.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.