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Volunteer internationally to build decent, affordable shelter alongside members of the community. Learn about poverty housing, development challenges and Habitat’s ministry and mission to help eradicate them. The funds you raise help build decent shelter in the country you visit and support the Global Village program.

2020 Thrivent Builds Worldwide Trip – Trinidad & Tobago

The February 2020 Thrivent Builds Worldwide Trip to Trinidad & Tobago was a success! Follow the team here!

The Republic of Trinidad & Tobago is the most southerly of a chain of islands stretching from Florida in the United States of America to Venezuela in South America, separated from Venezuela by the Gulf of Paria. The territory comprises an archipelago of more than 30 islands; the two largest inhabited islands give the country its name.

Statistics released by the nation’s Ministry of Housing showed that for the period between 2010 to 2015, the number of housing units needed for low-income families was 104,000. The housing demand stems mainly from the growth in population. The annual additional need is some 5000 units, with the public and private sectors combined accounting for a little over 2700 units per annum. The major factors that prevent the low income earner from homeownership are varied, but usually include unwillingness by financial institutions to finance mortgages for this income bracket, as there are risks related to unstable employment and therefore, the ability to pay. The spiraling costs of houses and land, as well as a lack of certified ownership of inherited land, are other barriers for families living in inadequate conditions.

2019 Thrivent Builds Worldwide Trip – Guatemala

The 2019 Thrivent Builds Worldwide Trip to Guatemala has concluded. Follow the team and learn about their journey as they served a family of three in the city of Quetzaltenango.

According to the Central American Association for Housing (Asociación Centroamericana para la Vivienda – ACENVI), the housing deficit in Guatemala exceeds 1.6 million households, including inadequate, rented and overcrowded housing. In addition, the need for basic services such as drinking water, sanitation, electricity and safe stoves in rural areas is very high.

Habitat Guatemala has contributed to the reduction of 4.6 percent of the country’s housing deficit, both qualitative and quantitative. Their commitment is that all Guatemalans have a decent place to live. Since its inception, Habitat Guatemala has helped more than 100,000 families with new home construction, incremental home improvements or repairs. They also maintain a program that supports communities and families living in extreme poverty by providing partial subsidies to access products that improve their quality of life. These include: improved stoves, ventilated pit latrines, water purifiers, water filters and training to prepare families for homeownership.