Although Habitat for Humanity’s work is primarily accomplished at the community or “grassroots” level by affiliates such as Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio (HFHMO), its policies and mission are managed by an ecumenical, international board of directors at Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) headquarters. HFHI is truly a global organization that has built homes for more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI’s operational headquarters, located in Americus, Georgia, and its administrative headquarters, located in Atlanta, Georgia, provide information, training, and a variety of other support services to Habitat affiliates worldwide. All Habitat affiliates are asked to “tithe” to HFHI—to give a percentage of their unrestricted contributions to fund house-building work in other nations. Tithing provides much-needed funds for international building, and it also gives affiliates the opportunity to demonstrate the spirit of Christian partnership. Since 1976, HFHI has built more than 600,000 homes, providing shelter for over 1 million people in nearly 80 countries. A new Habitat home is completed somewhere in the world every 21 minutes!
Our tithe to Habitat for Humanity International was $95,106 in 2013-13, bringing our total to $678,850 since our first contribution in 1988. To date, we have funded 280 homes to lift families and children out of poverty housing in areas such as Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana in Western Africa, our current tithe recipients.
HFHMO received the “Malachi 3:10” Award from Habitat for Humanity International for reaching the $500,000 mark in Affiliate Tithe.
HFHI’s Global Village trips program offers participants the unique opportunity to become active partners with people of other cultures. Teams work alongside members of the host community and get to know the indigenous culture in ways very few can. Global Village volunteers participate in local cultural activities, help raise awareness of the burden of poverty housing and, of course, further Habitat’s mission to build decent, affordable housing worldwide. To link to the MidOhio Global Village trip program’s own website, please visit http://columbusgvteam.com.