A tithe is a payment or gift of a portion, usually ten percent, of one’s income to purposes of a charitable nature.
DC Habitat has participated in the Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) practice of tithing since 1990. A portion of every private donation we receive is “re-gifted” to one of our partner affiliates abroad. To date, we have tithed over $300K, helping to provide housing in Kyrgyzstan, Haiti, Senegal, Nicaragua and other countries. This translates into homes for nearly 100 families!
Our partners in third world countries build on a much different scale. Depending on the available materials and the needs of families, homes may be built simpler, smaller, and without amenities such as wood flooring and multiple stories that we sometimes include in American Habitat homes. Improved household well-being and increased access to social services are just two of the benefits that have been linked to home construction and improvement around the globe. The work of Habitat affiliates across the globe brings these benefits to diverse populations, and our tithe is a way of supporting our mutual mission.
Tithing isn’t the only way we get involved abroad. Habitat for Humanity Global Village Trips are a way for DC Habitat staff, volunteers, and friends to spread the mission of safe, decent, and affordable housing worldwide. Heather Phibbs, our Marketing and Development Director, travelled to Nicaragua last year to build houses and dig trenches with partner families at that affiliate. Along the way, she made new friends and experienced a taste of Central American culture. Global village trips are an exciting way to bridge communities and spread well-being.
DC Habitat staff will be leading two Global Village trips this year. Luke Hupp, our long time Habitat volunteer and recently appointed Construction Supervisor, is leaving on his fifth Global Village trip this Saturday to Chile. And our office manager Mandy Jansen will make her fourth Global Village trip in November to Trinidad and Tobago. Mandy will be joined by two of our Americorps members from last year: Saundra Catalina and Kiersten Kelley. We are proud of the initiative and commitment our DC Habitat family makes and wish them all a successful trip!