As a Christian organization we are driven by the desire to give tangible expression to the love of God through the work of eliminating poverty housing. We are committed to issues that affect not just our local neighbors but those who live in extreme poverty and substandard housing throughout the world. The opportunity to support and serve our partners internationally is an outward expression of our faith and hope in Jesus Christ.
Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley donates 10% of its unrestricted funds to help provide simple, decent and affordable homes and housing solutions to families outside of the United States. With this quarterly contribution HFHSVV has provided $500,000 to Habitat affiliates across the globe. In 2014 HFHSVV was ranked 8th in tithe giving in the nation for affiliates serving communities of our size.
Who We Support
HFHSVV distributes ¼ of its tithe funds to an affiliate in each of Habitat's four international regions: Latin America and Caribbean, Africa and Middle East, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia. There are Habitat organizations in 70 countries throughout the world.
Each international region is evaluated every four years by a volunteer task force on a rotating schedule under the following criteria:
Does it match HFHI’s strategic plan? The HFHI Tithe office and regional offices create a list of targeted counties that are either trying to increase capacity or awareness. We will use their targeted countries as our short list to evaluate potential tithe partners.
Is there substandard housing/poverty in this area? All areas where Habitat is working will have a need for housing, but being able to evaluate the need will allow us to articulate that need.
Does the affiliate have a need for an international partner (us) to fulfill its mission? We would like our Tithe to help in building capacity for an affiliate that is in need of international partners. There are affiliates who have a long and great history of building international partners and therefore have many of them. We would like to make sure our tithe partner is in an area that really needs partners.
Does the international affiliate have the capability of sustaining its work in this service area? Some of Habitat’s work is in other stages of development for a country that does not include building houses. Sometimes it involves advocacy on the governmental level to change laws that prohibit land tenure and other times it includes the development of other basic needs before housing can be built (water, sanitation, etc.). We will examine the potential countries to be sure the project they are working on aligns with our objectives and recognize what our tithe will support.
Is it an area we can visit? Is travel to this country safe? Relatively inexpensive? Would it provide a good experience for volunteers? We cannot predict the future and it might not be possible to visit the country when we are ready to do so but we can at least look at the probability of accessibility.
GLOBAL VILLAGE TRIPS
Habitat International is committed to building cross-cultural relationships through its Global Village Volunteer program.
The Goals and Vision for Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley Global Village Trips are to demonstrate Faith in Action by supporting the work that God has already begun in each country. This is accomplished by:
1) Supporting Habitat Tithe Partners in their work
We will go as support to what the local affiliate is already doing. We are not coming in to fix processes or teach “better” practices but to work alongside our brothers and sisters who have been and will continue to do great work in the process of eliminating substandard housing.
2) Energizing our local affiliate
We will increase local participation from those more inclined to support international development and help those in our community see the need and work in our own neighborhoods, as well as internationally.
3) Building relationships with those we have supported financially
Our Tithe supports international affiliates by financial means, but our relationship and our global story will only increase in authenticity with relationships built by working side by side. Through meaningful relationships built on the trips we will increase our ability to describe the need and promote the work of our Tithe Partners.
Check out more photos and stories from past Global Village Trips at our blog or click here to learn more about Global Village.
2015 Global Village Trip To Armenia
Photos by Sydney Yapoujian