Beyond Harford & Cecil Counties – HHS Abroad
Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna is committed to being a part of the solution to poverty housing both locally and globally.
In the United States:
Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna not only serves the local community, but the nation and the world through regular tithing and Global Village trips.
In fiscal year 2018, Habitat Susquehanna tithed to the following countries: El Salvador, Haiti, Malawi, Nepal and Mexico. In September 2018, we received a certificate from Habitat for Humanity International congratulating us for the “significant increase in tithe.”
The Gulf Region
Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna was quick to respond in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. We sent three teams of volunteers on week-long builds to the Gulf Region.
Staff members also worked on two recovery trips to Alabama and Mississippi.
Our Habitat International Tithe Partners:
Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna has funded numerous homes in Malawi, Kenya and El Salvador.
Habitat for Humanity Kenya
More than 2.2 million Kenyans are currently living in inadequate housing. Habitat Kenya has provided homes for 5,076 families in the past 20 years. They have also developed the Internally Displaced Persons program, which plans to build houses for 335 families who were displaced by the national violence in 2008.
Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna recently sent a team to Kisii, Kenya to help build a home for a low-income family.The Kenya Krew returned from their trip on August 12, 2013. You can read more about the trip by visiting www.kenyakrew.wordpress.com. You can also check out photos from the trip at https://habitatforhumanitykenya.shutterfly.com/
T-shirts for the team were donated by Design Custom Sportswear at LogoSportswear.
Habitat for Humanity El Salvador
El Salvador is a country that is very vulnerable to natural disasters, and nearly half of the nation’s people live in poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity El Salvador has had numerous successful experiences serving families impacted by natural disasters, overcrowding and poor living conditions. In total, Habitat El Salvador has served over 7,000 disaster victims through the construction of 1,400 houses.
El Barrial is a community of 80 families that escaped to Honduras during the civil war in El Salvador from 1980 to 1992. They returned to their country in 1989 and resettled in the El Barrial Community where they formed an ADESCO (Community Development Association) and started to rebuild their lives. They have been working together to rebuild ever since and now have a school, a daycare, and a church that’s in progress. El Barrial has worked with NGOs in the past who have helped with adobe houses, but unfortunately those have fallen into disrepair, and many other families are living in shacks made of wood and metal.
In April of 2013, a collaboration of six Maryland-based Habitat affiliates joined in partnership with the Morazan Departmental Government, Meanguera Municipal Government, and El Barrial ADESCO. Building Community is a four-year project focused on sustainable development and improving the quality of life for the families living there. Habitat Susquehanna, along with five other affiliates, will help to fund and build 45 new homes, and repair another 45, over the next four years. Habitat Maryland will raise $638,800 to sponsor the project and will send at least two volunteer teams per year to help work on construction. The groundbreaking and construction of the first five homes began in July, thanks to the help of 22 international volunteers from two teams representing HFH Metro Maryland, and 64 national volunteers.
Habitat for Humanity Malawi
In Malawi, poverty is prevalent and about 4 out of 5 families in Malawi live in substandard homes with little hope of ever being able to afford a decent house. A typical village hut is built of mud bricks with a dirty floor and glass thatched roof, which requires frequent repair. The conditions put the families at high risk of all kinds of diseases with leaky roofs making the house damp and mud floors attracting insects. There are about 1.4 million orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi out of a population of 17.3 million.
HFH Malawi provides new homes that are fully subsidized for Orphans and other vulnerable groups of people. The houses are two, three or four roomed according to the family size. HFH Malawi provides Housing Support Services (HSS) to low income people in partnership with housing microfinance institutions.