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.
Hear from Our Tithing Partners
"Now we do not have to fear heavy rain and storm. We can sleep peacefully without fear. Thanks for helping us with this new house and a future filled with hope."
"We are very fortunate to have you as partners and benefit [from] the anointed shadow of your leadership and unceasing support. May God bless you, may your team, the families you were able to reach out [to] and any organization that has been under your fruitful umbrella remain bless[ed]. Thank you for the tireless efforts of your entire staff and your supporters who continuously work hard to give families hope . . . We will continuously pray for you to keep up with the good work and still believe that in the midst of any storms we can still thrive toward our goals and make a difference in the life of many families."
"We would like to thank you for your continued support to Habitat for Humanity International and because of your generosity, we were able to further our mission in bettering the lives of thousands of underprivileged communities of Bangladesh through Tithe Global Fund, International Disaster Fund, and the Orphan & Vulnerable Groups funds."
"Please know your generosity and support throughout the years have poured out many blessings to the people of Nepal, just as Sam Mompongo did with the high school he built in Ntondo, Congo. Look at what you have been a part of in FY2020:
- 1,644 families build safe and secure housing
- 20,190 families access housing financial services
- At least 150 women become joint or sole landowners, breaking patriarchal norms that denied women property rights."
In our 35th year, we have reached ONE MILLION DOLLARS in tithes to Habitat global projects!
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity was recently awarded the Sam Mompongo Award, which recognizes affiliates with a lifetime tithe of $1 million. Sam Mompongo was an educator and leader in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who helped start Habitat’s tithing tradition. $1M in tithes equates to affordable housing solutions for over 250 families! At Pikes Peak Habitat, we are honored to support the incredible work that serves vulnerable populations worldwide. There is a great need for housing globally, and we are committed to supporting that need until every person has a decent place to live.
Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford presented the Sam Mompongo Award to Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity via Zoom in March 2021.