Spend your week immersing yourself in Sololá, Guatemala. Guatemala is one of the largest exporters of coffee in the world, but the growers themselves are often living in poverty. Join Habitat for Humanity Australia’s Fair Trade Coffee Build as we partner with Habitat for Humanity Guatemala in providing dynamic housing solutions and viable economic opportunities that change the lives of low-income families in Guatemala. Work alongside them and learn about their opportunities and challenges.
On your Global Village trip to Sololá, get your hands dirty building smokeless stoves and safe lavatories for coffee-growing families.This trip is dedicated to the families who grow the coffee we drink every day and the organizations empowering them. You will harvest coffee and experience the daily life of members of a fair trade cooperative that produces high-quality, environmentally sustainable java.
This Global Village trip will give you a taste of some of the world’s best coffee and a strong understanding of Habitat for Humanity, fair trade and life in a coffee-growing country. We promise when you return, you will look at your morning cup of coffee in a whole new light.
There is a housing deficit of 1.8 million homes across Guatemala. That consists of millions of Guatemalan families living in poverty and without access to decent housing. This is due in great part to the lack of investment, both public and private, in addressing the housing deficit. Many families cannot access credit in the traditional financial system and cannot meet the requirements of credit unions or banks for a home loan. Since its inception in 1979, Habitat Guatemala has been able to provide more than 36,500 housing solutions to families in need.
Guatemalan families that cook over open fires are constantly breathing in smoke and consuming great amounts of firewood. Most affected are Guatemala’s most vulnerable populations. Only the poorest families utilize this cooking method, and it affects women and small children, who spend more time in the home and are the ones suffering most from chronic respiratory problems and burns.Moreover, most of these stoves are actually kept within the home, causing layers of black soot to form on the ceiling and walls.
Poor families usually don’t have homes of more than one room, thus the smoke contaminates not only the kitchen, but the entire house. Starting in 2011, Habitat Guatemala established the project Small Change, Giant Leap with the goal of installing 17,000 smokeless stoves in five years.
*costs are an estimate only and are subject to change depending on final team numbers
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