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 workforce 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.
Pikes Peak Habitat's Tradition of Tithing
A proud tradition of Pikes Peak Habitat is the enduring legacy of our affiliate’s tithing program. We tithe 10% of all undesignated funds to Habitat affiliates in developing countries to support their ongoing efforts to build homes, community, and hope in their local communities.
In 2021, Pikes Peak Habitat was awarded the Sam Mompongo Award, which recognizes affiliates with a lifetime tithe of $1 million, which equates to affordable housing solutions for more than 250 families. As an affiliate, we are honored to support the incredible work being done by our international partner affiliates worldwide, and we are dedicated to supporting our partners until everyone, everywhere has a decent place to call home.
Our International Tithe Partners
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity is supporting the following affiliates around the globe:
In Bangladesh one in four people live in poverty, and UNICEF estimates there are four million slum dwellers living in the capital city, Dhaka, often in dwellings made of poor-quality construction materials. Slum dwellers often lack access to clean water, safe sanitation, and waste management. Habitat Bangladesh works to address these issues through their Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Programs (WASH) and by working on building resilient urban slum settlements through living condition upgrades and skill development programs. Habitat Bangladesh also partners with government officials and other international partners to support Rohingya Refugees, forcefully displaced nationals from Myanmar currently living at the Cox Bazar refugee camp.
Established in 1999, Habitat for Humanity Côte d’Ivoire works with homeowners to build secure homes with decent sanitation. In Côte d’Ivoire 90% of people residing in rural areas live in temporary structures requiring extensive repair, and the cumulative housing deficit is estimated at one million. Additionally, thatch-roof houses harbor disease-carrying insects, and a lack of latrines pose issues for local communities. To address these needs, Habitat Côte d’Ivoire’s work focuses on building homes that cater to individual families’ needs, while remaining affordable for the homeowners. The affiliate also focuses on improving sanitation and hygiene practices through a community-led approach.
International Disasters Fund
Natural disasters, war, and civil unrest displace millions of people around the world from their homes every year. The ability to fill a person’s most basic needs — health, water, shelter, sanitation, livelihoods, and safety — becomes both more difficult and more critical in an emergency. Supported by tithe funds from U.S. Habitat for Humanity affiliates, the International Disasters Fund helps Habitat organizations abroad respond to disasters as they occur. Funding also may be used for responses to protracted humanitarian emergencies. Recently, this fund has been used to support Ukrainian refugees and offer a range of interventions to those affected by hurricanes in Guatemala and Honduras.
Orphans and 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. This fund enables Habitat to provide a hand up to them through housing solutions. Recently, this fund has supported efforts for elderly populations in Haiti and for the Dalits, an isolated minority group in Nepal.
Uganda’s housing situation is characterized by inadequate homes both in terms of quality – with 900,000 substandard units in need of upgrades – and quantity, with an estimated 3 million additional housing units needed, based on current population growth nationwide. As an affiliate, Habitat Uganda focuses on housing for vulnerable groups, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) programs, inheritance rights, and malaria prevention. Uganda also has a robust microfinance program for women, allowing low-income workers to undertake incremental microloans directly to improve their shelter, as well as a comprehensive youth mentorship and education program for orphans.
Global Village International Trips
Habitat for Humanity's Global Village trips (PDF) are short-term service projects that give you or your congregation the chance to experience another culture and live like a local while you help communities that need safe, affordable housing. Not only do Global Village trips provide an opportunity to build affordable housing in partnership with local families, but they also provide opportunities to build relationships with those you serve, engage with the local culture, and return home equipped to advocate for those in need of affordable, safe housing.
If you are interested in learning more about attending a future global village trip with Pikes Peak Habitat or organizing a Global Village trip for members of your faith community, please contact Chloe Henry, our Faith in Action Program Manager.
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."