David and Furaha’s Story
“Habitat gave us a second start,” says future Habitat homeowner, Furaha. “Coming from being a refugee where they burned our house, to America where we've struggled. Habitat is making us alive again.”
Furaha and her husband David immigrated to America looking for safety from war in their home country. As parents of two boys and a girl, they are now focused on the future by building a safe and stable life for their family.
Currently, David and Furaha both work full time jobs and still struggle to afford their rent because it keeps increasing. It's also not the ideal place to raise their three kids because it's located in an unsafe neighborhood, and their landlord is unresponsive to fixing in-apartment repairs.
By partnering with Habitat, Furaha and David are looking forward to rebuilding their family’s life in America. Their three kids are also very excited about having their own rooms and a backyard.
Furaha can't wait to become a homeowner: “For me, being a refugee... Owning a home in America is a big deal for me. I’m so happy about it."
“We left everything in our country. Our house was burned," shares David. "I lost everything and was very insecure. Today, I’m secure and now I get an opportunity to build my house. So I feel like I get peace.”
In addition to building their home, David and Furaha now see a brighter future full of possibilities with the security their new home will bring. “I plan to go back to school for nursing,” says Furaha. David’s working toward a new career as well, “I’m going to school to improve my English and then to study medical interpretation because I speak more than six languages.”
To all the volunteers and supporters who make Habitat’s program possible, Furaha says, “I would thank everyone by hugging all of them. It’s so amazing. Thank you for giving us home and security."