I feel privileged. As part of my cbm staff member role I travelled to Malawi in April of this year with the build team.

The team was made up of Habitat for Humanity Canada, volunteers and local residents.

Together with donors like you, cbm is involved to ensure these safe, affordable homes are designed for moms, dads and children who are living in poverty with disabilities.

The vision is incredible.

However, the work can be tough–especially when it rains. This year we were stuck in a rainstorm for a couple of days… making the build feel frustratingly slow.

Somewhere amid the blur of rainy days and working in the mud I opened my eyes to what was actually happening. While the rain was merely an inconvenience to us, it’s an exasperating reality for the families we’re helping.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Home recipients Muhajiri (with cerebral palsy) and his mother, Zee with a team made up of Habitat for Humanity Canada and cbm volunteers
Bricks for building home

These homes we were building will keep these families safe… and dry. Boys and girls won’t have to sleep in sloppy, wet beds… or run out in the middle of a torrential downpour to see if a neighbour will take them in. They won’t have to worry about the roof literally caving in on top of them.

My eyes were also opened to how our work changes attitudes about disability. When villagers see a group of Canadians who strongly believe that a child or mom or dad with a disability is worthy of a home… their opinions about disability change. This in turn gives the person living with a disability a feeling of self-worth. Not only that, the customized rehabilitation plan that these families will receive will also set them up for success.

In 2014 we promised donors like you that we’d build safe, affordable, accessible homes for families living in poverty with disabilities. Since then, with your faithful support, generously matched by Habitat for Humanity, we’ve built 22 homes in Malawi and 40 homes in Ethiopia. Plus, we’ve promised to build 44 more homes in Malawi.

Our group may have looked like we were just building houses in the mud, but really we were laying a foundation for a strong, safe, healthy future for these families… giving them hope.

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

Matthew 5:15 (NIV)