We work at the grassroots level throughout the Muslim World to counter violent extremism before it takes hold, to promote tolerance and understanding, and to foster better relations with the United States.
Today, the first Monday of October, is World Habitat Day. According to the United Nations, the idea behind this day of recognition is to reflect on “the basic right of all to adequate shelter” and to “remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.” Considering the facts that about 1.6 billion people across the world live in substandard housing, and that 100 million are homeless, it is worthwhile to consider the opportunity that each of us has to help address this global crisis.
Among the many organizations featured on the AUA Directory, AUA is proud to recognize Habitat for Humanity (HFH) as a leader in providing sustainable housing solutions to the world’s poor, including those in Muslim-majority countries such as Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Senegal, and Tajikistan. In recognition of World Habitat Day, HFH will begin construction on its 500,001st home. What an achievement! Since 1976, HFH has helped over half-a-million families worldwide obtain a decent and affordable place to live, resulting in a better quality of life for millions of people. Aside from providing shelter from the weather, safe and affordable housing serves to alleviate overcrowding, reduce health problems by improving sanitary conditions, allow children a space to do their homework, and offer a sense of empowerment through home-ownership. For more information on HFH, check out their profile in the AUA Directory.
So what can YOU do to be a part of this movement? How can YOU, in recognition of World Habitat Day, be a part of the global effort to help achieve adequate housing solutions for those in need? Join AUA and HFH in building homes with poor families in Jordan! From January 6-15, 2012, AUA will lead a team of volunteers to Jordan in the first a three -part series called Building Peace by Building Homes.
By joining this trip as a peace building volunteer, you will have a chance to support local community development initiatives, learn about Jordanian culture, and meet face-to-face with Jordanian families and university students. You will partner with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for poor families in village of Al Taybeh, in the north of the country. You will engage in discussion with civil society groups in Amman and Irbid to learn about Jordanian culture, share insight into American culture, and discuss challenges common to both societies. The trip will end with visits to Petra (one of the seven wonders of the modern world) and the Dead Sea!
World Habitat Day is a perfect opportunity for us, as global citizens; to not only consider the difficult challenges faced by many across the world, but also to consider our role in responding to them. Use this day to be a part of the solution! Contact AndrewS@creativelearning.org to learn more about how you can join the Building Peace by Building Homes initiative and support a Jordanian family have a decent place to live!