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Habitat Honduras-Santa Rosa de Copan
February 1st - 9th 2020
Volunteer in Santa Rosa de Copan -Honduras whilst giving a "hand up" to families in need
Habitat for Humanity Honduras
Honduras is one of the poorest and least developed countries in Latin America, with nearly two-thirds of Hondurans living in poverty. Before 1998, Honduras had shown moderate economic growth as a result of government reforms. Nevertheless, after losing US$3 billion due to Hurricane Mitch, Honduras’ economy is still in the process of recovery. The agriculture sector, responsible for most exports, was the worst affected. Mitch also caused more than 6,000 deaths and left 8,085 missing and 75,000 homeless. After the Hurricane Mitch tragedy, the housing deficit percentage increased from 63 percent in March 1998 to 66 percent in March 1999, representing an increase of 165,000 houses.
Currently Habitat for Humanity Honduras supports low-income families helping to improve their housing conditions, through a program of loans and grants for the construction or improvement of simple, safe and economic housing. Habitat Honduras also provides credit and technical assistance so that it can gradually improve housing, repairing or renovating ceilings, floors, walls, toilets, etc. Since its inception in 1989 habitat Honduras has served 22,000 families.
About Santa Rosa de Copan
Santa Rosa de Copan is the hub of specialty coffee from Western Honduras; locals work on coffee farms and this is one of the main sources of employment. Cattle, corn, beans and vegetables are some of the other farming activities in this area that has a population of approximately 60,000
Nah mean house in Mayan and it is the name of the Housing Project run by the Santa Rosa de Copan Affiliate in partnership with the Occidente Bank . The goal is to build 500 houses within a 4 year period. The houses are made with cinder blocks and adobe . Other projects are home renovations.
Habitat Build or in-country schedule (subject to change)
|Day 1 - Saturday, February 1st||Arrive in San Pedro Sula|
|Day 2-Sunday, February 2nd||Non-build day and orientation|
|Day 3-7 - Mon, Feb 3rd -Fri, Feb 7th||Build days / Farewell celebration on Friday|
|Day 8 - Saturday, February 8th||Non-build activities|
|Day 9- Sunday, February 9th||Return to Canada or continue travels|
Typical Volunteer Tasks
The work can be rigorous – mixing cement by hand, digging trenches for foundations, moving and piling construction materials and cinder block, laying blocks to build the walls – but teamwork makes the labor fun.
Habitat Individual Donation
The Habitat individual donation for this 09 day opportunity to build with Habitat Honduras is approximately $ 1,750 (1) + Air Transportation (2) + $ 300 Non Build activities (3)
(There are additional costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax receipted)
(1) The Habitat individual donation includes: daily living expenses (i.e. room & board) , traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to Habitat Honduras 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 San Pedro Sula 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 activities will be determined by the Team Leader, they are not eligible for a tax receipt and are not paid to Habitat for Humanity Canada. The Team Leader will advise you on these activities and to how to pay.
Team Leader: Dennis Mitschke
Hi , my name is Dennis Mitschke . I am a retired carpenter living in Summerland, BC. I have been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Global Village since 2004 and leading builds since 2006. During this time I have led teams in Canada, Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. I enjoy travelling and sharing my skills. Having a trades background does have some advantages, but I have found that a spirit of adventure and giving and the ability to be flexible (both in mind and body) are far more important than any set of "hand skills". Therefore, no skills are required! I look forward to returning to Honduras for my third build there and working alongside the partner family. Both of my other builds were in Santa Rosa de Copan.
To learn more about this build you can email me at email@example.com , or you can apply directly to the build by following the link below.