Habitat for Humanity Trip: Nepal

Habitat for Humanity Trip: Nepal

From Sarah Ramstrom

I am fundraising money for my Trip to Nepal in May, where I, along with my team, will be building homes to create a global village.

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Greetings from Maryland, I would like to share with you something wonderful and exciting that I am planning. I’ve been selected to participate in a short-term building trip this spring. As you may know, Habitat for Humanity International sends work teams all over the world to help build houses in partnership with people in need. The trip I am taking is to Nepal! My team is currently raising funds for our host country, and then, on May 24, 2013, we will go to Nepal to help families in Pokhara, build their own homes. These families are presently living in substandard and often unhealthy conditions, and they really need a simple, decent place to live. They earn an income, but not enough to qualify for a conventional bank loan. As part of the partnership agreement, each family—with the help of volunteers like my team—spends hundreds of hours building their home through what is referred to as “sweat equity.” Once the house is ready, they move in and begin paying for it through a no-interest loan from Habitat for Humanity. These mortgage payments and then used to help finance houses for other families. Having families contribute to the building of their homes and those of their neighbors, and then pay for them with reasonable terms, instills self-esteem and the pride of homeownership. Habitat for Humanity refers to this as a “hand up, not a handout.”

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