International Volunteer Brigade Briefing

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This presentation was designed to welcome a group of U.S. international volunteers to Nicaragua, and brief them on their mission and the relevance of their work.

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International Volunteer Brigade Briefing

  1. 1. welcome Wesley United Methodist Church &
  2. 2. Habitat for Humanity International Mission: <ul><li>Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. </li></ul>How it works: Through volunteer brigades (that’s you) and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the partner families. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans.
  3. 3. <ul><li>Habitat came to Nicaragua in 1984 </li></ul><ul><li>Since then, we have built 3,800 homes for families in need, aiding approx. 22,920 Nicaraguans. </li></ul><ul><li>With 5 operational offices across the country </li></ul><ul><li>Map </li></ul>ABOUT US…
  4. 4. NICARAGUA is an extraordinary place…
  5. 5. … that is in great need of your help
  6. 6. 1937-1979: Dictatorship of Somoza dynasty 1972: Earthquake destroys capital city Managua Somoza claims international aid funds 1974: Sandinista’s guerrillas reassemble 1978-1979: Civil war, Somoza overthrown by Sandinistas 1981-1982: Counter revolutionary “contras” supported by US US cuts off economic aid, institutes trade embargo 1984-1987: Daniel Ortega elected President in democratic election 1990-1994: Violeta Chamorro elected President A political moderate, US ends trade embargo 1992: Volcano Cerro Negro erupts causing destruction in Leon 1996: Arnoldo Aleman elected President 1998: Hurricane Mitch devastates agriculture and infrastructure 4,000 people killed 2000: Earthquake in Masaya 2001: Enrique Bolaños elected President 2006: Daniel Ortega re-elected President
  7. 7. September 2007: Hurricane Felix destroys 9,000 homes, kills 130 Nicaraguans in the Northern Atlantic coast
  8. 8. Current State of the Nation <ul><li>Population: 5.7 million </li></ul><ul><li>80% of the population lives below the poverty level </li></ul><ul><li>500,000 national housing deficit as reported by the national government, NOT including the damage done by Hurricane Felix. </li></ul>
  9. 9. YOUR MISSION: TIPITAPA <ul><li>Tipitapa is now in it’s 5th stage of construction </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: 100 homes </li></ul><ul><li>51 homes have been built by Habitat so far </li></ul><ul><li>You, along with brigades from local universities, will be constructing 35 homes from the ground up! </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Houses designed to withstand earthquakes in the Pacific and hurricanes in the Atlantic </li></ul><ul><li>Payments US$18-20 monthly, compared to the average rental US$100 </li></ul><ul><li>Dimensions: 42 square meters, includes living room, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a kitchen, and a porch </li></ul><ul><li>Materials: Concrete blocks, metal-sheet roof, iron beam structure, concrete floor or tiles. </li></ul>A “Decent” Habitat Home
  11. 11. Your Work Day <ul><li>Meet at worksite at designed time </li></ul><ul><li>Receive instructions from leader of construction </li></ul><ul><li>Work at least 6 hours per day </li></ul><ul><li>Two breaks per day </li></ul><ul><li>Time for lunch </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of construction week fill out evaluation for our improvement </li></ul>
  12. 12. Some other logistics <ul><li>Affiliate provides: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meals : Lunch is taken to worksite </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lodging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation to and from lodging to worksite </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Snacks for two breaks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drinking water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural activities with community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For your R & R: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Affiliate may help you coordinate and make arrangements for you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ALL cost are paid directly by you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate the affiliate coordinator with time in advance of all your needs. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Cultural Notes <ul><li>Local customs </li></ul><ul><li>Typical Meals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rice & beans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corn products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fruits & vegetables </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beef, chicken, pork </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Friendly people </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ladies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Give gifts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Receive gifts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep personal/legal documents in secure place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not carry large amount of $ with you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not wear expensive jewelry, personal items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People mainly travel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bus </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Taxi </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Walk </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. THANK YOU FOR GIVING SOME OF YOU TO PROVIDE ALL FOR MANY!

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