The goal of Habitat for Humanity is to eliminate poverty housing worldwide. The tithe program was created to give affiliates a way to impact Habitat´s global ministry in addition to impacting the need in their local communities. Tithing gives affiliates an opportunity to share their resources with developing countries throughout the world, and to have both a global and a local home building program. By supporting Habitat's work outside of the U.S., your affiliate or campus chapter can make it possible to achieve a world where someday, everyone will have a good place to call home.
With the Habitat for Humanity International Tithe program, local affiliates and the State Support Organization donate a portion of our unrestricted income for the construction of Habitat homes in other countries.
Affiliates only tithe on unrestricted donations. If a donor wishes her/his contribution to remain within the affiliate's local community, none of that donation will be used in foreign Habitat building. It is also worth noting that none of the tithes is used to support administrative or other costs of Habitat for Humanity in the United States. Rather, the tithe donations are sent in their entirety to the country or program of our choice. Therefore, when you contribute to a local Habitat for Humanity house build project, your donation is actually helping build homes for two families in need of safe, affordable housing – one local and one foreign.
Habitat Columbia began work in 1984 and has worked with more than 3,800 families to create decent housing. Their mission is to address the needs of the more than 3.3 million households that do not have a decent place to live in Columbia.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, with 80 percent of the population living on less than US$2 per day. Political instability, food shortages, unemployment, tropical storms, and hurricanes have kept most Haitians locked in a cycle of poverty for generations. Access to housing in equally desperate. Before the 2010 earthquake, Haiti already faced a severe shortage of houses. The earthquake damaged nearly 190,000 houses, and 105,000 more were destroyed, adding to the pre-existing backlog of 300,000 houses required to meet the growing shelter needs of the country. Of the more than 2 million affected survivors, more than 1.5 million were left homeless. Today, land tenure remains the biggest roadblock to rebuilding in Haiti. Only clear and transparent land transfer can ensure that long-term housing reconstruction and redevelopment can take place.