Mind, Body & Spirit

Picture of everyone standing infront of a Habitat for Humanity Banner
Osteopathy is a unique health care system designed to improve vitality by re-establishing balance within the Mind Body Spirit axis.  One can never be considered completely well while suffering from a lack synchronicity in these three areas.  This section is to showcase an avenue in which we personally choose to address our search for this equilibrium.  To achieve wellness we must encourage physical health by maintaining a level of activity, making healthy eating habits, and finding time to rest. Emotionally, it is important for us to understand our purpose or contribution, appropriately decipher a positive meaning in our social interactions and genuienly  strive for a connection to community.  Experiencing personal humility by working with those in need is a great way to ground yourself spiritually.  Meditation or stress management strategies can also assist with emotional and spiritual balance.  It is not important what you choose to find your own personal balance between your physical, emotional and spiritual being but it is imperative to that you work upon each portion equally in order to resonate a well rounded healthy lifestyle.

Habitat for Humanity

Millard and Linda Fuller founded the Habitat for Humanity movement in 1976 in Americus, Georgia.  Built on the idea of partnership housing, Habitat for Humanity volunteers gave a hand up to those in need by working side by side with them to build safe, decent and affordable houses.  Over the past 25 years, Habitat for Humanity Canada (HFHC) has logged more than 10 million volunteer hours, contributing to the successful completion of over 2,000 homes for low-income Canadian families.  Internationally, HFHC has helped build thousands more homes. To donate or for more information please visit www.habitat.ca

Global Village Program

Global Village teams bring invaluable support to the communities they visit. More homes are built each year because of the donation Global Village teams make to the hosting Habitat affiliates.  If you have a sense of adventure, are in good health and willing to work hard, you can be part of a Global Village team.  A Global Village trip can be a life changing experience.  It’s an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of development issues, to learn more about another culture and about yourself.  You will work and laugh together, share stories and make friends. For more information about joining a team, please visit www.habitatglobalvillage.ca/tripschedulec235.php

Our Experiences

Nancy Medeiros and Jared Postance will be taking part in the eighth (co-leading seven) Global Village  build In My Tho, Tien Giang Province, Vietnam from July 7-22, 2012. Our journey with Habitat for Humanity began in 2005, when we spent ten days on a worksite in Alaska.  We led our first team in 2006 to the beautiful landscape  of Romania.  Our third build was to Zambia in 2007.  During 2008 we took a short hiatus but were back leading a team to El Salvador in 2009.  We returned to Central America in January 2010 to build in Guatemala and followed that amazing experience with a build in Portugal. Our most recent trips were to Bolivia in November 2011 and Vietnam in July 2012.  We are currently working on our next build, August 2013, in Malawi, Africa.  Hopefully you will visit www.habitatglobalvillage.ca and review our web flyer under trip schedule.

My Tho, Vietnam (July 7-22, 2012)

Habitat’s work in Vietnam is undertaken through a branch office of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat’s presence began in Danang, central Vietnam, in 2001. HFH Vietnam currently has projects in Hai Duong, Thai Binh and Ha Tinh provinces in the north; Quang Nam province in the central region; and Dong Nai, Long An, Tien Giang and Kien Giang provinces in the south. There are offices in Hanoi, Hiep Duc in Quang Nam province and in Ho Chi Minh City, plus a Habitat Resource Center in Rach Gia. HFH Vietnam specializes in implementing integrated shelter, water and sanitation solutions in partnership with local government partners and microfinance institutions. HFH Vietnam’s disaster response program started in 2009 after Typhoon Ketsana – the country’s worst typhoon in 30 years – hit south central Vietnam. There is a disaster response project in Dong Thap province in the south after severe flooding in the summer of 2011. HFH Vietnam is also helping families in Ha Tinh province in the north who were affected by 2010 floods. http://www.habitat.org/where-we-build/vietnam

Santa Cruz, Bolivia (November 2011)

Habitat for Humanity Bolivia was established in 1985, in the Alto Beni community in La Paz, with the purpose of eradicating subhuman housing in Bolivia by building simple, adequate and affordable housing.
Habitat Bolivia works in five departments in the country: La Paz, Oruro, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz. Habitat for Humanity Bolivia continues to build complete homes. Homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, helping to build their houses and the houses of others, together with volunteers. Their monthly payments go into a Local Rotating Fund, which allows the construction of new homes. http://www.habitat.org/where-we-build/bolivia

Braga, Portugal (2010)

A group of volunteers concerned about poverty housing in Braga, in northern Portugal, started a Habitat affiliate there in 1996. Two groups of international and local volunteers helped build Portugal’s first Habitat house in the town of Vieira do Minho in 1999. In 2002, Habitat expanded its activities to renovating existing homes of low-income families. The Habitat affiliate in Braga is also seeking to partner with local municipalities to build and rehabilitate homes for people living on small incomes. http://www.habitat.org/where-we-build/portugal

El Progreso, Guatemala (January, 2010)

Established in 1979 with the purpose of improving the lives of low-income families in Guatemala through the construction of adequate, affordable housing, Habitat for Humanity Guatemala was the first Habitat organization in the Latin America and Caribbean region. Since the construction of its first home in Aguacatán, Huehuetenango over 30 years ago, Habitat Guatemala has served more than 32,218 families and has extended its work to each of the country’s 22 states. http://www.habitat.org/where-we-build/guatemala

Zacatecoluca, El Salvador (2009)

Habitat for Humanity El Salvador built its first 29 houses in 1992, in the department of Santa Ana. Since then, much program renovation and organizational growth have taken place. As a result, the national organization has been able to provide increasingly more effective responses to the frequent loss of homes to natural disasters, such as Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and the earthquakes in 2001.

The national organization’s work is performed through a central national office and six branches in Santa Ana, Sonsonate, San Salvador, San Vicente, Usulután and La Paz. http://www.habitat.org/where-we-build/el-salvador

Lusaka, Zambia (2007)

Habitat for Humanity Zambia opened its doors in 1984, when it started building houses for fishing families on Kabuyu Island. Since then HFH Zambia has expanded into six of the country’s nine provinces, and has also facilitated multiple development initiatives. Habitat for Humanity Zambia builds in both rural and peri-urban areas. The average house size is 35 sq. meters (approximately 300 sq. ft).

On Habitat’s conventional building program, HFH Zambia focuses on building the capacity of communities that have demonstrated a need to better their housing conditions. This model encompasses full new houses, renovations and rehabilitations. The homeowners contribute sweat equity and building materials in order to reduce the loan amount. Social cohesion is promoted through the affiliate program. Most of the program’s houses are built using burnt bricks and corrugated iron roofing sheets. The houses are simple but high quality, with separate sleeping, cooking and living areas. The design is such that homeowners have the option of extending the house in the future.

In addition to its conventional building program, under the Vulnerable Group Housing (VGH) program HFH Zambia provides appropriate, subsidized housing solutions to vulnerable groups in Zambia and it specifically concentrates on orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) and their caregivers. Children in Zambia are one of the groups at greatest risk to contract HIV. Their vulnerability as children puts them at a greater risk of abuse, especially sexual abuse. Statistics show that more than 1 in every 7 adults is living with HIV, which has resulted in about 600,000 children being orphaned due to AIDS. http://www.habitat.org/where-we-build/zambia

Comanesti, Romania (2006)

In 1996, Romania became Habitat for Humanity’s 50th country worldwide. Since then, Habitat Romania has overseen seven affiliates in Beius, Cluj, Craiova, Comanesti, Cumpana, Pitesti and Radauti. In 2011, another affiliate will open in Ploiesti, which is only 60 km away from the capital and will have a significant strategic importance for the development of Habitat projects in Romania. The affiliates are spread across the three historic provinces of the country, with the national office in Bucharest. http://www.habitat.org/where-we-build/romania

Fairbanks, Alaska  (2005)

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.  Greater Fairbanks Area Habitat for Humanity promotes home ownership with volunteers building houses in partnership with Fairbanks area residents in need of adequate housing. http://www.fairbankshfh.org/generalinformation.html