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Join us in building homes, community and hope in Malawi this August

Mumderanji has two children, 8-year old Jeffrey and 11-year old Modestar. She lost her husband in 2011. Mumderanji is also taking care of her four younger siblings, following the death of her mother. She used to live in a small, dilapidated house and could not maintain it as she was often sick and therefore unable to earn income. She explains: “It was raining heavily that night. We woke up and stood in the corner of the house when we heard a loud bang. One of the corners of the house fell in. We ran outside and in a few minutes, the whole house collapsed. We lost everything.”  Luckily, following the collapse of her home, Mumderanji was able to partner with Habitat for Humanity Malawi’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Project to receive a decent, affordable place to live and raise her children.  Mumderanji says, “The new house comes at a time we need it most. We thank Habitat from the bottom of our hearts.”[i]

In a country where over 15% of children are orphaned before they turn 18, Habitat’s work is playing an important role in providing housing and security for children.[ii] This August, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity will partner with Habitat Malawi to support homebuilding efforts for these vulnerable families.  A team of 12 local residents will travel to Salima, Malawi where most homes have a thatched roof and dirt floor.  During the trip the team will work to build an adobe brick or cinderblock home for a family in need.  On their off day, participants will visit the Kungorni Cultural Center to visit a game reserve and participate in traditional dances.

This will be PHFH’s seventh Global Village trip since 2012 and spaces are still available to join this once in a lifetime opportunity to serve.  The team will depart Pensacola on August 3rd and spend August 5th-12th with Habitat Malawi, returning to Pensacola on August 14th.  The cost of the trip is $1,700 per person (which includes all meals, lodging, local transportation, guides and translators, and trip medical insurance).  Airfare to and from Lilongwe International Airport in Malawi (estimated $2,400) is not included.  Online fundraising opportunities are available through PHFH and small scholarships may be available to those who qualify.  For more information, please contact Melanie Jacobi, Director of Volunteer Services at (850) 434-5456 x140 or mjacobi@pensacolahabitat.org.

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[i] Mumderani’s story and quotes provided by Habitat for Humanity International. http://www.habitat.org/sites/default/files/malawi-2016_0.pdf.  Accessed 1/25/2017.

[ii] https://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/malawi_statistics.html. Accessed 1/25/2017.

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