Habitat Affiliates Unite to Help Nicaraguans During COVID-19 Pandemic
Aug. 10, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic affects communities internationally, Habitat for Humanity’s global network of support is helping sustain those most in need.
Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver has been making investments in Habitat’s global programs since 1985. We're proud to have been able to provide more than $3 million in international support. In Nicaragua, where Habitat Metro Denver launched our first global investment 35 years ago, this type of financial support is ensuring the health and safety of thousands of residents.
Habitat’s global work includes many diverse projects, from home construction and repairs, to water sanitation and advocacy. In Habitat Nicaragua, their current focus is their "Support a Family of Habitat #WeAreCommunity of Humanity Nicaragua" fundraising campaign. This campaign provides safe water and hygiene kits to at least 1,500 families living in the country’s dry corridor, where poverty exacerbates the risk of getting COVID-19. These kits—which include soaps, detergent, chlorine, disinfectant, reusable face masks and water filters—have been crucial to helping people like Don Domingo, 78, and Juana, 60, both of whom live in areas lacking clean water.
Both Nicaraguans work strenuous agricultural jobs. While Don Domingo has continued sowing corn and planting fruit trees on his land, Juana has had to stop selling the lemons and oranges she grows in her yard so she can better protect her family’s safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Equipped with the safety kits, however, both can use filters to ensure clean, safe water for washing and drinking.
"This that they brought us today is like a gift that has fallen from heaven," Don Domingo shared. "God bless you, and the people who have donated with Habitat."