EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – The Women Build program empowers women to build Habitat for Humanity homes, enabling them to positively impact the lives of children by making homeownership a present reality for families.
We caught up with first-time homebuyers Angelique Baker and Aleta Kennedy to hear what this means to them, and also spoke with PV Habitat Executive Director Megan McDonough about the entire project.
Women Build is not about excluding men; it’s about including women. Women are often intimidated on a “mixed” construction site; but in the comfortable environment of a Women Build site, they quickly learn construction skills. By planning projects where the majority of volunteers are women, Women Build involves more women in Habitat’s construction efforts, thereby increasing the number of houses Habitat can build. When women come together in a supportive environment, they feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and increased self-esteem.
More than 12 million U.S. children-one in six-are living in poverty. Poverty is a severe threat to children’s health, growth and potential. The ONE Campaign has declared that investing in women is one of the surest routes to end poverty in the developing world. Women Builds have been completed in countries throughout the world. Participating U.S. affiliates can also tithe to support Women Build projects worldwide. Women possess all that’s needed to affect dramatic change in their communities. Through Women Build, we can train and equip women to work more effectively, helping Habitat increase its capacity and serve more families.