About Global Village
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.
2019 Thrivent Builds Worldwide Trip
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.