Vail Valley: Monday is World Habitat Day |

Vail Valley: Monday is World Habitat Day

Kristi Moon
Habitat for Humanity
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – The United Nations annually designates the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day to reflect on the world’s housing crisis and to consider our collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.

Habitat for Humanity recognizes World Habitat Day 2009 by focusing on secure tenure to emphasize the importance of feeling secure, safe and comfortable in one’s own home. Sadly, millions of families around the world lack this security because they also lack the legitimate rights to the home in which they live or to the land on which their home sits. They live every day in fear that they could be driven from their only shelter in the blink of an eye.

Habitat for Humanity knows that good housing is key to helping a child turn into a productive adult. Habitat for humanity has a tried and tested approach that makes families in need of shelter a key part of their own housing solution. We work hard with volunteers and donors who invest time and money into the partnership, so that families can help build, then buy, their own home on terms they can afford.

Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties was founded in 1995 and has built 25 homes to date. By the end of the Fox Hollow home project in Edwards, we will have completed 35 homes, housing 35 families and more than 100 children.

Habitat affiliates nationwide are encouraged to donate a portion of what they raise to support home building in other countries. The estimated average cost for building a house overseas is $4,200. By donating funds for each home built domestically, a house can be built in a foreign country – ultimately doubling the number of homes being built around the world. This allows Habitat to create a global effort to help deserving families in other countries realize the dream of owning their own homes.

The 31 Habitat affiliates throughout the state of Colorado have collectively selected Paraguay as their country to support. Paraguay is the third poorest country in South America, and few government-funded housing assistance programs exist there. Our local affiliate was selected to lead the first international build trip to Paraguay which will kick off the international portion of the campaign to build 1,000 Homes in the next three years by all Habitat affiliates in Colorado. The group is being led by Amanda Precourt and includes seven other local Habitat supporters.

The team consists of the following:

Amanda Precourt

Brian Judge

Leanna Harris

Lorenzo Harris (Leanna’s 13-year-old son making the trip for his bar mitzvah service project)

Martha Brassel

Corey Lamothe

Kelley Brubaker

Emily Peyton

They will be staying in a hotel in the heart of Asuncion, and will be building at a construction site that is about 30 to 40 minutes outside of the city. The family selected for this home will also be at the job site every day.

On the Saturday before we leave Paraguay, the entire home should be completed. The groups will have a dedication ceremony similar to what was held in Edwards Thursday. Our local affiliate will include some of our local traditions for a dedication including presenting quilts that were made by volunteers from the Eagle River Presbyterian Church. After the ceremony, they will all have a celebratory lunch with the family.

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