BENEFITING: Habitat for Humanity of Dane County
EVENT DATE: Feb 02, 2013
Twenty three volunteers from Habitat for Humanity of Dane County will soon leave for a Global Village program in the Getsemani Community in Ahucahapán, El Salvador. The volunteers will participate in a week long intensive experience building homes for low income families and learning about housing issues in Central America. Your donation will be sent to El Salvador by Habitat for Humanity of Dane County to help build homes.
There is a critical housing crisis in El Salvador. An already dire situation is made worse each year by natural disasters including earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. About 345,000 Salvadoran families are in need of decent, affordable housing, which means more than half the country’s people lives in substandard housing. Because of a growing population, 35,000 additional houses are needed each year.
Like Habitat for Humanity affiliates throughout the world, Habitat for Humanity El Salvador builds simple, decent, affordable homes for low-income families, offering all people regardless of religion, political party, or race an opportunity to put their beliefs into action. For each day of construction, at least two members of the partner family must help build in order to contribute to “sweat equity.” The cost of a Habitat house in El Salvador is currently about $7,000, with the families paying an average monthly mortgage of $65 over 10 to 13 years. In Dane County the cost of a Habitat house is currently about $125,000, with families paying an average monthly mortgage of about $800 over 25 to 30 years.