Help Break The Cycle Of Poverty - World Habitat Day
Making A Difference One Family At A Time
One does not need to visit a third world country to see that Poverty and Homelessness are often found hand in hand. It has been reported that roughly 65,000 or approximately 1/3 of the homeless in Canada are aged 16 to 24.
By providing a hand up not a hand out Habitat is making a difference one family at a time
Helping families break the cycle of poverty and build long term financial security is the backbone of Habitat's drive to help families escape from unsafe, unhealthy living conditions. Habitat's afffordible, no profit house payments free up money for food, child care, medicine and other necessities.
Research has shown that decent housing improves health, increases children's educational achievement and strengthens community ties.
October 4th, 2010, the first Monday in October
The United Nations has designated October 4th 2010 as World Habitat Day with the desire that we will reflect on the state of our communities and the basic right to adequate shelter for all.
How You Can Help
Contact Habitat For Humanity in your community and volunteer or determine what it would take for a group from your club, church or social network to help build a family a home.
Find out if your community's development plans include affordable and accessible housing, become an advocate for such housing if necessary.
Donate to local agencies that are working to help the homeless and or the disadvantaged in your community.
By helping to provide a Hand Up Not A Hand Out
We are helping people with dignity.
I would Challenge each and everyone to reach out and touch someone be it as close as a neighbour going through a hard time to some one half way around the world. Your assistance can vary from donating to a local food bank, a local shelter, to travelling halfway around the world to help, educate, rebuild housing destroyed in a disaster, or offer aid and assistance. if we can all do just one thing, then the world will be better for it and so would we.
There is a Misconception that the people who get a Habitat House do not have to pay for it
Remember the recipients of these home are not getting a hand out but a hand up.
They pay for the house based on its appraised value when completed not the cost to build it