28 October 2011
Habitat for Humanity
According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control”(art. 25, sec. 1). In the world as we know it, there are over 100 million people living without shelter and looking for help (Sherwood). The question is who will take a stand and try to supply these families with the shelter that is needed to survive. Habitat for Humanity helps the world through personal despair, natural disasters, and allowing people to engage in volunteerism. The Habitat organization is a great non-profit organization whose mission is to make the world a better place.
Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit Christian organization whose mission is to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world (Fuller “Who We Are”). The organization strives to try and supply as much decent shelter to the homeless as possible. The Habitat for Humanity “has built and renovated more than 400,000 homes around the world, providing more than 2 million people with safe, decent, affordable shelter.” They not only build homes in the United States, but also all around the world. The organization’s success is only possible through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. Without these two major necessities, the Habitat organization would have not been able to continue to help people. Although this may seem too good to be true, Habitat for Humanity is not a “giveaway” program. The Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and are financed through affordable long-term loans. The mortgage is usually paid off between six and eight years. The monthly payment mortgage goes to a local revolving fund, which is used to build more Habitat homes. Families must also invest many hard labor hours on their Habitat home and for others in need of shelter. If the family does not meet all of the requirements, they become ineligible for the home. This requirement helps the organization stay active with many volunteers so that everyone gets a second chance. Habitat for Humanity will continue to progress with the help of people who mean well and have their heart in the right place, considering those who are less fortunate.
Habitat for Humanity is also a good way to engage in volunteerism. The United States has long recognized the importance of a societal responsibility to give freely of one’s time to assist or aid others. The objective is if everyone lends a helping hand to others in need, the result will be less poverty and homeless in the nation. Building houses for others in need typically promotes good and will improve the human quality of life. People feel better when they volunteer to help others, and Habitat for Humanity provides an outlet where people can see the results of their labor. Therefore, the volunteer workers feel good about themselves helping and the person in need also benefits from the cause through Habitat for Humanity. There is a number of devastating natural disasters that occur around the world every year. The families that are left homeless because of natural disaster face very uncertain futures as they struggle to rebuild their shelter, and most importantly, their lives. On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, resulting to one of the most devastating natural events to ever occur in the United States. Hurricane Katrina caused more than 1,800 deaths, 135 billion dollars in property damage, and left over 1 million people displaced from their homes (Fuller “New Orleans Area”). The greatest part about Habitat for Humanity was their immediate response time...
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