Building homes for HIV/AIDS orphans in Mozambique

July 7, 2009, 10:24 am
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In 1992 Mozambique was the poorest country on earth
Average life expectancy is less 40 years (mostly due to HIV/AIDS)

Gorongosa National park and the work of Greg Carr are helping to bring improvements in human development and work. Check out the 60minute video on the subject.

Information about my trip to Mozambique
June 22, 2009, 7:41 pm
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Christiane’s Trip to Mozambique
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Please consider supporting my team as we build houses and hope in Mozambique. It’s quick, easy and safe to:
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Trip Details
Dates: Sept. 5-19, 2009
Destination: Mozambique

See the trip description for full details.

Welcome to my Global Village trip page! In September I’ll be traveling to Massaca, Mozambique to work as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, building houses for HIV/AIDS orphans so that they may have a place to live.

Habitat for Humanity is at work in more than 90 countries, building simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with people who need decent shelter.
Global Village participants become active partners with people of another culture, helping to build a true “global village” of love, homes, communities and hope.

During its 15 years of peace, Mozambique has had one of the fastest growing economies in the region, yet the country has a steep hill to climb. Since the war, HIV/AIDS h…

“When Augustine — a homeowner — expressed her thankfulness and [other] South African people and HFHI folks spoke at the Braai for the home dedications, I felt very happy to have shared lives together for a bit. It was a bittersweet moment because I did not want to have to say good-bye.” –Aaron Shaw, GV participant in Arekopaneng, South Africa

Read on to learn more about my trip, Habitat’s work and how you can help.
About Habitat.
Read More About Global Village.
Read More About Mozambique.
Read More What Other GV Participants Are Saying:
Angels on the Road to Sinda – GV participant Brynn Ulisnik makes an unexpected connection in Kenya(PDF format).

Pleasing others
June 22, 2009, 7:32 pm
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I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. Bill Cosby

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

Check out these links for more information on the subject



About Happiness
June 22, 2009, 1:11 pm
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If you want to be happy, be. ~Leo Tolstoy

You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart. ~Author Unknown

By happiness I mean here a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind. This is not a mere pleasurable feeling, a fleeting emotion, or a mood, but an optimal state of being. Happiness is also a way of interpreting the world, since while it may be difficult to change the world, it is always possible to change the way we look at it. ~Matthieu Ricard

June 8, 2009, 9:48 pm
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It is never too late to become what you might have been.
~ George Elliot

Be the change you want to see in the world.
~ M. Gandhi

5 things to know about Poverty
June 7, 2009, 1:41 pm
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Expert from the Habitat for Humanity Newsletter, June 2009

Preparing for the trip
June 3, 2009, 6:36 pm
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There is so much to do to get ready for a project like this.

Habitat for Humanity and especially the team leaders have been very helpful in getting everything lined up.

So far, I have visited the travel clinic, received a number of vaccinations, and discussed options for malaria treatment (the assumption is that one will get infected, it is a matter of staying on top of the parasite). I made travel arrangement, which was very easy thanks to the help of a wonderful travel agent specializing in organizing travel for humanitarian work. It will be a VERY long trip to get to Mozambique and back (not just the usual loss of a day when traveling to Europe, but TWO! Wow!). Next is the matter of getting a visa. Based on past experiences with visa related paperwork, it should be interesting to say the least 😉 )

I am doing a lot of reading on the political, social, medical, and natural background of the country, and hope to share more on this site as I continue to discover more.

New blog
June 2, 2009, 1:02 pm
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Welcome to my new blog spot about my upcoming project with Habitat for Humanity International.

I am a member of a team that will be traveling to Mozambique to build houses for HIV/AIDS orphans this fall. I am very excited about the opportunity to help those most in need. To find more background information about the specific project, Habitat for Humanity in general, or to donate to the cause, please use the links provided on the blog site.