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In Malawi, poverty is prevalent, and about four out of five families live in substandard homes with little hope to afford a decent house. PHOTO COURTESY OF HFH MALAWI

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County designated its annual tithe for the country of Malawi in the southern part of the African continent. 

Each year, Habitat affiliates worldwide dedicate a tithe amount to underdeveloped countries in need of housing assistance. 

“As part of Habitat International, we’re obligated to help support under resourced countries,” said executive director Rob Selkow. “670,000 children in Malawi have lost one or both parents to AIDS and our tithe will help provide homes for orphans and other vulnerable groups.”

The $10,000 donation from HFHMCTN will go directly to Habitat Malawi, which seeks to build decent shelter, improving the lives of orphans and other vulnerable groups of people; water, sanitation and hygiene or WASH systems to improve the sanitation status and wellbeing of slum dwellers; and disaster risk reduction and response projects to improve access to better and safer shelter for families living in areas prone to disasters. 

According to Habitat for Humanity International, 100% of affiliate tithe is transferred to Habitat national organizations to support the mission of serving families in need of shelter. 

In Malawi, several programs are already underway to better serve the population. As of 2019, the nation has built more than 446 houses for vulnerable families. In addition to construction, programs are in place to increase resources for low-income families to help them obtain affordable housing already in place. Habitat Malawi is also focused on HIV and malaria prevention training programs to improve health and wellness. 

For more information about Habitat Malawi and other international programs, visit habitat.org/where-we-build/malawi

Habitat for Humanity MCTN serves low-income families by partnering with them to build decent, affordable housing. Habitat, in partnership with qualifying Montgomery County families, has completed 98 houses since 1992, using donated funds, labor and materials. The Clarksville-based ministry is seeking individuals, churches and local companies for volunteer projects related to eliminating poverty housing in Montgomery County. For more information, call 931-645-4222 or visit habitatmctn.org.

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