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For more information, contact Global Village at:  globalvillage@habitat.ca, or call (800) 667-5137

 

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Habitat Paraguay - Asuncion

February 15-23, 2020

Volunteer with like-minded people and local Paraguayan on a Global Village project to support a positive impact for families through access to safe, decent and affordable homes.

This project seeks to address the housing needs of families and communities in poverty conditions. The goal of this project its to support the improvement of living condition of families and the development of their children through safety, healthy and durable houses. The housing deficit in Paraguay is estimated in 1,100,000 houses and every year this statistic continues to grow. 43 out of 100 families live in inadequate and overcrowded conditions and approximately half of all the houses in Paraguay can be classified as inadequate. Over a fifth of families across the country lack of legal tenure of their land and/or are illegally situated in areas such as: streets, parks, private properties and riverbanks

 

Habitat for Humanity Paraguay

Since 1998, Habitat for Humanity Paraguay has been working with families to attain better housing conditions and improve their lives. According to the National Department of Housing, it is estimated that 1.1 million houses are required in Paraguay, and that number is increasing. An estimated 43 out of every 100 families live in inadequate housing conditions, according to the Inter-American Development Bank.The lack of official information regarding the deficit makes it difficult to measure the problem, but it is known that progressive construction is the primary way in which Paraguayan families have access to their homes. In more than 20 years of work, Habitat for Humanity Paraguay has implemented actions that transform the housing conditions of families and vulnerable communities, mobilizing resources and promoting solidarity and responsibility.

 For more information visit Habitat Paraguay's website, here.

Habitat Building or in-country schedule (subject to change)

 Saturday February 15

 Arrive in Asuncion

 Sunday February 16

Orientation with HFH Paraguay

 Monday February 17 -

 Thursday February 20

 Build Days

 Friday February 21

 Build / Dedication ceremony 

 Saturday February 22

 Team non-build activities, as determined by Team Leader and Farewell Dinner

 Sunday February 23

 Return to Canada or onward journey.  

 

Typical Housing Solutions

Each project is unique and adapts to the needs of the families and communities where Habitat Paraguay builds. HFH Paraguay continues to offer partner families the option to build a traditional, complete home. However, since each family has different resources, Habitat Paraguay also offers partner families the option to build a progressive home. A partner family may construct a progressive home and then plan to build additions when they are financially able again. The HFH Paraguay homes vary in size, between 20 to 55 sq. meters, with 1 or 2 bedrooms, an indoor bathroom, a kitchen, a laundry sink and a small front porch. Habitat Paraguay also offers alternative housing solutions, to families with and existing home, which includes all types of repairs, a bathroom, and/or additions. These alternative housing solution options allow families to improve their current living situation so that their home is both safe and adequate. All complete homes and housing solutions are simple, economical, and are built using highly durable materials, such as: clay bricks, cement floors and Spanish tile roofs

 

Typical Volunteer Tasks
 

1. Mixing mortar 2. Brick laying 3. Floor slab construction 4. Making Compressed Stablized Earth Blocks (CSEB) with cement or mortar 5. Weaving bamboo 6. Moving material

 

Habitat Individual Donation

The minimum individual donation to Habitat for this 9 day opportunity to build with Habitat Paraguay is approximately $2040.00 CAD (1) + excluding Air Transportation (2) + approximately $400.00 CAD non-build activities* (3)

(There may be costs related to passports, visa and immunizations etc., which are the responsibility of the volunteer and are not eligible for tax receipts) 

Costs for non-build days are approximate, and subject to change.

 

(1) The Habitat individual donation includes: daily living expenses (i.e. room & board) , traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to Habitat Paraguay and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for this individual donation .

(2) Participants will need to independently arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Asuncion and must be done in consultation with the Team Leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

(3)  Non-build days compromise of activities organized by the team leader where you will take some time to rest, acclimatize, and reflect on your experience in addition to discovering local customs and culture.  Expenses for team-non build days including accommodations, meals and activities are not eligible for tax receipt and are paid separately by the team, not to Habitat for Humanity Canada as part of the donation.

Should volunteers need assistance with booking flights or non-build day  activities, insurance or other services they may be interested in,  please consider looking into industry registered travel agents within your local province.

There are additional travel costs such as passport and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you.  These costs are not tax deductible.

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Meet your Team Leader: Matt Bradley

Matt first got involved with Habitat for Humanity in 2006, where he volunteered as President of his university campus chapter and led a team of students to Florida on his first ever Habitat build. He has served on the Board of Directors as a Director for numerous affiliates in Ontario for many years. Matt’s first Global Village build was in 2011 to Vietnam and he’s been coming back for more ever since.

Matt is a passionate believer in Habitat’s mission and finds tremendous satisfaction in facilitating Global Village builds around the world. This quote from Margaret Mead captures his sentiments: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Matt advocates that Global Village builds offer this kind of opportunity. He has been a team leader since 2015 and this will be his 10th Global Village build. His favourite part of being a team leader is ensuring each volunteer feels welcomed, valued and energized before, during, and after the build! Matt is looking for participants that are ready to step out of their comfort zone and experience a true life changing experience to give a hand up to a family in need. Minimum requirements are a sense of humor and a flexible attitude!

To learn more about your team leader, you can email Matt at matt.b3@gmail.com, or check out his most recent build to Chile on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/UprhL7Dwa60

 

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