Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County's tithe to developing countries crosses the $1 million mark and will now support housing efforts in Costa Rica.Since 1986, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County has been providing financial support to affiliates overseas to support the construction of hundreds of decent and livable homes for families dwelling in sub-standard conditions. Through Habitat International's tithe program, affiliates commit 10 percent of unrestricted donations of local funds to aid in the elimination of poverty housing worldwide. And 29 years after starting its tithe, Habitat NCC is pleased to announce it has crossed the $1-million mark in funds provided to deliver shelter for families in desperate need abroad. Over the years, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County has supported Habitat for Humanity International's efforts in Tanzania, Africa, El Salvador and more recently Egypt and India. Through our tithe we have helped more nearly 300 families become homeowners. In October, Kevin Smith, CEO, was invited on a Habitat for Humanity International-sponsored Global Village trip to Costa Rica. Based on what he learned on the trip, HFHNCC is now tithing to Egypt and Costa Rica, and has organized a Global Village trip to Costa Rica. On Saturday, Feb. 20, Smith will be leading a group of 13 Habitat NCC supporters and staffers on this inaugural trip.
Magaly Rodrígues Sánchez' Story
Magaly is a single mother, her partner abandoned her more than nine years ago. Magaly has worked hard to raise their two children, a teenager of 15 years and a girl of 11 years. She works as a waitress in a hotel, Monday to Saturday, leaving home from 5:00 a.m. and returning at 7:00 p.m. and her mother, Isabella, helps her take care of her children while she is working. Mrs. Magaly's salary is not enough to cover the needs of the children. She always has great difficulty buying the uniforms and school supplies for her elementary school daughter and high schooler. Magaly's father, Victor, received a donation of a small piece of land from an uncle who died and Victor decided to donate it to his daughter, so that she could be build a "ranchita" (shelter) for her two children. Don Victor works as a taxi driver, his income is low, and is hardly enough to sustain him and his wife Isabella. One day, when Magaly went to her daughter's school, she read a flyer posted on a wall about Habitat for Humanity of Costa Rica. She decided to call HFHCR and start her journey to make her dream come true: to have a decent and safe place to live for her children.The ultimate goal of Global Village trips is to further Habitat for Humanity International's mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide. Global Village participants do this by:
- Lending a helping hand to those in need of simple, decent shelter.
- Donating valuable funds to Habitat programs around the world.
- Learning about the global need for cross-cultural understanding and simple, decent, affordable housing.
- Learning about new paradigms in the delivery of affordable housing that address the magnitude of the problem and the availability of resources.
- Becoming long-term advocates for affordable housing.