Building in the Nation’s Capital and Abroad
Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. (DC Habitat) strives to make an impact locally and globally. Each year, DC Habitat “tithes”, or contributes, approximately 10 percent of our incoming donations to Habitat affiliates abroad. This means that every time you make a donation to DC Habitat, you’re not only helping us to build affordable homes in the nation’s capital, but also in low-income communities around the world. This international initiative is implemented by all U.S. Habitat affiliates in order to help meet critical housing needs globally.
Where does DC Habitat contribute internationally?
Here at D.C Habitat, we have given to more than 15 countries, including El Salvador, India, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Mexico, and Zimbabwe. In recent years, we have worked with the Global Mission Fund to focus our international support on the neighboring region of Central America. In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, we contributed to that country’s program in 2011 and 2012. For at least the next two years, we will be contributing funds to Nicaragua, where DC Habitat staff and Board members have volunteered during the past year.
Nicaragua is one of the poorest nations in Latin America, and nearly half of the population lives in poverty. Habitat para la Humanidad Nicaragua is focused on providing housing, water and sanitation solutions in impoverished communities, including many informal settlements. Their goal is to provide 2,500 housing solutions and support services to 3,000 families by 2015. This plan includes financial education, training in Nicaraguan housing law, new construction, home improvements, risk management and community development. With contributions from partners like DC Habitat, this goal will become a reality.