- Posted January 25, 2013 by
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Habitat for Humanity
I am a member of Habitat for Humanity at Kanda University of International Studies in Japan. We help build houses for people who are in need of them. It helps support people's independence by building houses to create a new community. Habitat was founded in 1976 by Mr. and Mrs. Fuller in America. Since then, Habitat members have built over 300,000 houses worldwide. The 39th president of America, Jimmy Carter, has supported Habitat and has opened the "Carter Workshop" every year so the world will focus more on residents in poverty. As of now, Habitat has helped over 100 different countries worldwide. Just last year alone Habitat built 49,039 houses.
Habitat has a program called "Global Village" (GV). GV is a volunteer program in which Habitat members go abroad to countries in need of help and together build a house for about two weeks. Participants of this program have the opportunity to meet and work with locals as well as the new homeowners in order to fully understand what it means to help out. I participated in GV last summer in Indonesia. There were 12 members in all from my University. We split up into two teams and worked on two different houses. First of all, we lay the stone foundation of a building. We make cement and pour it into brick walls. Next, we pile up bricks until they are higher than our head. I think it was a very important experience for me and I will go to Sri Lanka this spring for GV.
At first I was not interested in volunteering because I thought it will be difficult. However, after I joined Habitat and went to Indonesia, my opinion changed. Now I think volunteering can be easy. I want to tell everyone to try volunteering because it is easier than you might think.