Sounds like a basic right everyone has right? Unfortunately no…
My life has been changed with the education I’ve received from Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build homes, communities and hope. In addition to serving on our local affiliates board, I’ve been blessed to travel to Nicaragua twice (and a 3rd trip this Nov) to help families in dire need of safe and clean living conditions. Our friends Frank Matus Aguirre, the County Director of HFH Nicaragua, and Elisa Barrios, the Resource Development Manager for HFH Nicaragua are in Sacramento this week to educate our affiliate on their economic development plans. Just a few stats on Nica living conditions:
- 79% live on less than $2/day
- 1 of 4 children die before the age of 5 due to diseases related to inadequate living conditions
- 45% have dirt floors
- 30% have concrete (safe and secure) walls
- 25% have a toilet
For ~$5,000 USD we can build a “core home”, a ~200 sq ft home that will shelter and protect a family, and give their children a healthy and safe environment to grow, play and learn.
For ~$350 we can provide a concrete floor for a home so the children can crawl, develop, stay clean and disease-free.
Sounds so simple. How can we help? Check out their website to see how you can help. Check out global village trips which volunteers go to Nicaragua and to 40 other countries to build homes for families in need.
Spending this week with my Habitat friends puts everything in perspective (again!)…life is AMAZING when you know where your next meal is coming from, knowing you’ll have a safe and dry place to sleep, and can keep yourself and your family healthy in a decent home.
Grateful to have what I have and live the life I’ve been blessed to have…