In celebration of World Habitat Day this week, Habitat Wake hosted our good friend, Alberto Benitez, national director of Habitat for Humanity in Honduras.
Alberto shared with us that in Honduras over half of all Hondurans live with inadequate shelter. That is well over 1 million dwellings that are deficient. He told of young children in indigenous villages dying at very young ages of Chagas disease from parasites that live in the thatched roofs of their huts and how a simple solution of concrete floor and metal roof would prevent these deaths.
Joyfully, he shared that Habitat Honduras recently celebrated the completion of the 15,000th Habitat house in the country since their inception 20+ years ago and, even more excitedly, that they plan to build another 15,000 homes in the next five years!
Habitat Wake is proud, as a part of our global commitment, to be the largest single donor to Habitat Honduras through the gracious support of our donors and friends. We look forward to being part of a new 500 house project beginning in 2014 in Santa Rosa de Copan in Western Honduras. As scripture says in Luke 12:48, “….from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” We are blessed to have such strong global partners where we know that our investment makes a huge difference!