Habitat organizing Guatemala building trip; Volunteers invited to Jan. 28 orientation

Special to the Fort Mill TimesJanuary 25, 2014 

  • About HFHYC

    Habitat for Humanity of York County (HFHYC) is a nonprofit, Christian-based housing ministry seeking to eliminate substandard housing. The organization follows Habitat for Humanity International’s philosophy of building homes in partnership with qualified families. Established in 1988, HFHYC is one of more than 2,100 active affiliates in 100 countries and all 50 states. For more information, visit www.yorkcountyhabitat.org.

    Want to go?

    What: Guatemala Global Village trip orientation

    When: 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30

    Where: Habitat for Humanity of York County, 825 N. Anderson Road, Rock Hill

    Information: To register, email cmcclung@yorkcountyhabitat.org

— Habitat for Humanity of York County needs volunteers to travel to Guatemala in the fall to build a home for an impoverished family.

The organization is hosting an orientation for the global village trip at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at its offices at 825 N. Anderson Road, Rock Hill.

“With nearly 69 percent of the country living in poverty, there is a need for affordable housing solutions for families in Guatemala,” said Crystal McClung, Habitat’s development director.

Participants 16 years or older will help in the construction of a Habitat home, interact with the partner family and view the local community on a cultural day. The trip will likely take place in October.

“This truly is a great opportunity to put faith into action as well as to see Guatemala,” McClung said.

Habitat Guatemala is a tithe partner of HFHYC so when the organization closes on a home in York County, the funds to build a home are sent to Guatemala.

This is no the first trip for Habitat. McClung participated in a global village trip to San Marcos, Guatemala, last October.

“The experience was life changing,” she said.

The home was built for a woman and her family of five who previously lived in a 10-foot by 10-foot shanty with one bed and a makeshift stove of three cinder blocks on the dirt floor. The woman’s name was Gardemia.

“She constantly smiled and even scraped up money to purchase us a token of her appreciation,” McClung said. “My favorite memory was of Christian, a 4-year-old, teaching me Spanish.”

Those who go to Thursday’s orientation will see a video of McClung’s trip as well as learn fundraising opportunities for participation in the new Guatemala building service project. Teams have eight to 14 members.

“I hope that you will consider helping us to build homes, communities and hope,” McClung said.

Space is limited for the orientation and those interested should email McClung at cmcclung@yorkcountyhabitat.org. Orientation is mandatory for participation in the trip. The first 30 registrants will be accepted.

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