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Habitat hears from Guatemala

Originally published: Jun. 5, 2013
Last modified: Jun. 5, 2013

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Ashe County Habitat for Humanity is a Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing in Ashe County.

In addition to working in the local community, the organization also tithes for the benefit of its brothers and sisters around the world.

Ten percent of every unrestricted gift is sent to Habitat for Humanity International to be used to build homes in third world countries, and 100 percent of that money goes directly to the country specified by the Ashe County organization. 

Ashe County's contributions have been directed to Guatemala since the local organization’s beginnings in 2008. 

Recently, Julia Rao and Jamil Barton, staff members of Habitat for Humanity Guatemala, made a special trip to West Jefferson to thank Ashe County for supporting their construction ministry.

They reported that Ashe County's contributions have been used to build five homes, and they explained that American dollars go a long way in their country to build simple, decent, 500-square-foot homes. 

They also announced that their next home to be completed will be dedicated to the Ashe County Habitat for Humanity affiliate and all of its volunteers and supporters.

Bill Wheeler, Ashe County HFH President, took the guests on a tour of the nearly completed home in Buffalo Meadows. 

Ashe County HFH is one of the newest affiliates in North Carolina, and the new home is the first Habitat home to be built in the county. Plans are in the works now to start the second home next year. 

In the interim, Habitat volunteers have taken on a project called A Brush With Kindness, helping homeowners in need of repairs to the exteriors of their homes. The labor is provided by volunteers and the homeowners are granted a non-interest bearing loan for the cost of materials, with no profit added to the cost. 

To volunteer for Habitat workdays, call (336) 846-2525 or e-mail (info@ashehabitat.org)

No special skills or experience are required.   

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