May 13, 2009
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the ladies who participated in Habitat for Humanity''s National Women Build Week on Thursday, May 7.
The event, sponsored by Lowe''s, celebrates the compassion, dedication, talents and abilities of women from all walks of life. The Women Build program encourages and empowers women to take action. Women have the capability and determination necessary to build Habitat for Humanity houses, addressing the problem of substandard housing in a concrete way, so families have safe, decent and affordable homes. Poverty housing is a severe threat to children''s health, growth and potential. According to the Census Bureau, in the United States more than 12 million children - one out of every six - is living in poverty.
Habitat for Humanity provides a hand up, not hand outs. These partner families contribute up to 300 hours of sweat equity to the construction of their homes and make payments on a no-profit, interest free mortgage that go into a revolving fund to help build more houses. Without the help of all of our volunteers and donors, we could not continue our mission to eliminate substandard housing in Lowndes County.
Thanks also to WCBI, WTVA, and the Commercial Dispatch for the coverage of this event. Our second Women Build Day was a great success and we look forward to many more.
The writer is executive director of Columbus Lowndes Habitat for Humanity.