What is the pure cost to build a home?

The total cost to build one brand new home in Fitche is $10,000.

By pledging your support at either $2,500 for half a home or $5,000 for a full home, your donation will be matched by Habitat for Humanity to ensure a named family is provided for. Once the home has been completed, you will receive the story of the beneficiary family and a photo of the family in front of their new home.

Why are we focusing on building homes when these people need so much more?

This project is just one component of a larger Hope and Healing program assisting people living with a disability. Housing is one of their many needs that Hope and Healing addresses on a daily basis. All of the recipients and their family members are already engaged in Hope and Healing programs. These programs look at the beneficiary holistically to determine how best to meet their needs for access and opportunity to ongoing health care, education, livelihoods, social engagement (relationships/marriage/recreation/access to justice) and political empowerment (communication/ ability to vote/ advocacy with governments/ self-help groups).

When Hope and Healing engages with an individual and their family, they look to journey with them through their current situation and walk alongside them towards self-sufficiency and sustainability. We don’t simply meet one need – whether a medical treatment, or providing housing – and then move on. We walk alongside our beneficiaries until they have the same access and opportunities as their able bodied neighbors.

It is also important to understand the poverty-disability cycle. Poverty and disability are inextricably linked. If you’re poor you’re 2Xs more likely to have a disability because of a lack of access to basic medical care. If you have a disability you’re 2Xs more likely to be poor because of a lack of access to support systems such as education, employment, medical care, clean water, shelter, etc. It’s a vicious cycle that sucks whole families into deeper and deeper suffering and need. There are 800 million people in the world who are trapped in the cycle of poverty and disability.

What is the vision for this Homes4Hope project?

Our vision is to make a significant impact in the lives of people with a disability living in poverty specifically on the continent of Africa. By supporting a unique partnership between Hope and Healing and Habitat for Humanity, we have an opportunity to dramatically and positively change the lives of 40 families – more than 200 people – by helping to build 40 homes in Fitche, Ethiopia.

Why Ethiopia?

Hope and Healing and Habitat work in countries all around the world. This project was picked as Habitat and Hope and Healing were actually already working in the same community but not officially partnered yet. Because there was already local support in place, it made it more feasible to get the build project off the ground and to explore the partnership further with this project. Additionally, we felt there was a significant need in Ethiopia as it is one of the 50 poorest countries in the world and would benefit greatly from a Homes4Hope Build project.

How were the families selected to receive a home?

Each of the families selected to receive a new home were chosen because they qualified based on their specific family need. Families selected have been identified as having a child with a disability living with them and are in desperate financial need. These families are already receiving Hope and Healing support on an ongoing basis in their community and have an additional need for housing support. (Also see question #2)

Who is Hope and Healing?

Hope and Healing is the world’s largest development organization working specifically with the world’s most vulnerable people – those trapped in the cycle of poverty and disability. They reach over 45 million people annually with their work. Hope and Healing has been doing so for more than 100 years and is considered the leading expert on poverty, disability and development.

Who is Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity is the world’s leading non-profit organization promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Habitat is committed to mobilizing volunteers and community partners to build affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity Canada works with Habitat International, and together over 600,000 homes have been built worldwide providing safe and affordable shelter for over 3 million people.

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Can I go to Africa to build a house?

Each year, Homes4Hope donors can make the trek to Africa to participate in a build project. This is a separate cost from the actual donation. Please email info@homes4hope.ca for additional details.

Members of the Homes4Hope team as well donors went to Fitche in April for the past two years for relationship building and build support.

This year’s team is set to go to Malawi in a few short weeks to support the expansion work there as they begin the build of 40 new homes along with important community support work. If you’re interested in joining future trips, please reach out to us and we would be happy to share the trip details with you.