Our Global Impact
At Pikes Peak Habitat, we are passionate about ensuring that everyone, everywhere has a safe and decent place to live. Not only do we build and repair homes for low-income families in El Paso County, but we also contribute to international development projects around the world through our tradition of tithing and our Global Village service trips.
A proud tradition of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity is our tithing program. Ten percent of all undesignated funds are tithed to Habitat affiliates in developing countries around the world. Since Pikes Peak Habitat’s founding in 1986, we have tithed more than $1,000,000, serving more than 250 families worldwide! Currently, our tithe is going to support the following affiliates and programs:
Established in 1999, Habitat for Humanity Côte d’Ivoire works with homeowners to build safe, dry and secure homes, with decent sanitation. In 2015, the cumulative housing deficit in Cote d’Ivoire was estimated at 1 million. In rural areas, 90 percent of the people live in temporary structures, which require extensive upkeep and repair. Walls are typically made of mud in a wooden frame and they often crack, causing leaks and eventually falling apart. Thatch-roof houses harbor numerous disease-carrying insects.
Habitat Côte d’Ivoire’s work focuses on water, sanitation and hygiene. Habitat in Côte d’Ivoire builds houses and latrines using appropriate technology and local building materials. The designs are simple and spacious, and cater to the individual families’ needs, while remaining affordable for the homeowners.
Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with over one in four persons living below the national poverty line. An estimated 49 percent of Nepal’s population lives in substandard housing, according to the 2011 national census. This situation dramatically worsened with the 2015 earthquakes, and 2017 massive flooding that left over 900,000 houses destroyed or severely damaged. Many of those who were most affected by the disasters are from marginalized ethnic groups and lower castes, families with disabilities or severe health problems, and single-headed households. Habitat Nepal and its partners provide financial and technical support to these vulnerable groups who often fall through the cracks in the government’s support systems.
Orphans & Vulnerable Groups Fund
The Orphans and Vulnerable Groups Fund supports the efforts of Habitat for Humanity organizations to provide adequate shelter and other interventions for particularly vulnerable people in communities around the world. These groups — children who have lost one or both parents, people who have a disease or disability, marginalized people suffering social exclusion — have very limited capacity to escape chronic poverty themselves. The OVG Fund enables Habitat to provide a hand up through housing solutions for the most vulnerable.