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1 in 5 living in poverty

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1.5 billion people in inadequate housing

poor people in our world live in inadequate housing or no housing at all. That is about 1/5 of all mankind and one of the largest problems in the world.

Join Shelter The World! Let’s fight poverty together.



Housing changes everything for a family and children living in poverty

WE can have a profound impact on children and families if we help them break the bonds of poverty AND charity!  What? Break the bonds of charity?  Yes!  We must help people get off the dependency circle and teach them how to flourish.  

Teaching how to building houses and developing good homes will impact a family for more generations than just a simple handout today. Our work can have an impact on global poverty and help improve every area of life for the families we help: health, education, employment, faith, community, and so much more. Helping the poor also reduces crimes against women and children, and help eradicate disease.

Help build housing in this dump

Inadequate Housing is one of the largest problems in the world today.  It is pervasive and overwhelming.

As a Housing Ministry, we believe our efforts must impact people’s lives for the long term. We know that there are some things that create or enable poverty that we can’t do much about.  Like disasters and poor governance.

Directly that is.

Presently; when a disaster occurs, families living in poverty have too few resources to cope or recover.

That is unless they get the skills that translate into an income.

By teaching the skills necessary to build better homes, we are helping the poor in unimaginable ways. Ways that no disaster relief effort is ever going to teach them.

Here is something I think should be said and not be taken lightly:  When we are actively serving poor people by teaching the skills to build, they are also getting the skills needed to provide for their basic needs.  These skills develop into self reliance and lasting change.

This approach to fighting poverty will have a direct effect on the efforts to reduce hunger, curb child marriage, empower women, reduce sickness, educate children and more.

Empowering people to take charge of themselves develops a type of social justice where the dependency “enablers” loose control over a person.  The ones who once were in need of help, now become positive contributors and they now contribute to build community,  help end hunger, and impact poverty in a positive way.

We really shouldn’t let kids think this is the only bike that exists!  What did he do to deserve that?

boy in poverty with bike

Together we can make a difference!

For us and those who join us; our hearts, money and muscle are committed to impacting families, women, and children in poverty in ways that have a lasting impact. We try not to think about the overwhelming size of the problem; One and one half billion people in some of the poorest countries are without adequate shelter! This is a staggering number! However, as a nonprofit organization, we are focused on bringing a solution to poverty in the lives of PEOPLE. If that means one person or one family then we have moved in the right direction.

poverty housing in honduras

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Isa 58:12

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. NIV

If we are honest, we can’t say any of this is good.  What is good is that we have great ways to help and to really make a difference in lives of people around the globe.  We can chip away at extreme poverty in the developing world and give the gift of healthier lives and a path toward financial security. Whether you have an attachment or feel compelled to help Syrian Refugees, people in Latin America, Sierra Leone, The Dominican Republic, Haiti, or places in Africa, maybe it’s the earthquake relief in Nepal or providing emergency response for the Ecuadorian earthquake; one thing is for certain, there is no shortage of opportunities to provide the basic needs of mankind across the globe.

And there is more to the solutions to poverty than just the physical and intellectual. Spiritual needs must be tended to and build faith communities that have the greatest ability to end the real poverty that plagues us.

We are a non profit charity helping poor people BUILD out of poverty through education and housing construction assistance.

Helping 1 in 5 building houses out of poverty

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The global housing problem, as a world issue, is getting larger all the time. Did you know a city to support 5 million people needs to be built each week ?  And that is only to keep the problem from getting larger. Currently, about 1.5 billion people are living in an inadequate shelter.

So, our purpose is to teach people the skills they need to build their houses and to use those skills to generate income.  Does this solve all the problems in the world today?  No, but building houses does solve many problems for some families living in poverty.

I’m sure you realize that children living in poverty have little chance of changing their future for the better if the model for life is based upon “old ways.”  It is said children learn best from what they see their parents doing and working to improve one’s lot in life may very well be the best way forward. 

As a Housing Ministry, we rely on our extensive network into almost every country to work with pastors and missionaries to identify families in crisis whom we can teach to use home construction as a way to build out of poverty.

A better life comes when we, the ones who have, are willing to sacrifice a little to leave a lasting impact on disadvantaged families and children caught in the cycle of poverty.  And nothing has a larger impact on a person than learning something new.  So, together we trust that you will impact many people and change the direction for families, women, and children caught in generational poverty.

Best of all, you will have the satisfaction that comes only when you have done something for someone else, especially a stranger. 

Obviously, this work requires “Lots of Helping Hands” and when you donate: your time, your money or even simply “liking us,” you are participating in the blessings we all receive when we help others.

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young girl in poverty

And yes, we use the words housing ministry deliberately.  We are passionate about helping those who have so little because we can see how very blessed we are to have what we have and know that just a little can go a long way.  We believe our blessing is not to be squandered and desire to demonstrate our love for Christ by loving others.  Won’t you join us?

Now you know, there are over 1.5 billion poor people living in slums, favelas, and on the city dump.

When you give you are providing us an opportunity to go where many will not go and teach men and women how to improve their lives and the lives of their children.

Our calling is simple…we are penetrating poverty & we are blessed to be doing so. We would like you to share in that blessing.

Going Where most Others Dare not Ventureproblems of the worldThe Slum, The City Dump & Cite Soleil
Serving those Most in needpoverty in the worldThe Extreme Poor & The War Torn
Equipping people in need with the tools needed to BUILD their way out of povertyhelping the poorNew Skills, New Opportunities 
Ministering to the ones whom Christ has Prepared a RoomHousing MinistryFirst and foremost by Working to help those in need
Empowering people through the HOPE of a better future for themselves and their familiesGet InvolvedImagine: They have new hope, new skills, new reasons to share, and they too can now help others in need because of YOU!

We are doing what we can for as many people as we can by going into places that the world has seemingly forgotten. We go to these places, the slum, the dumps, and the favelas to teach how to improve health, education, and general well-being through improved housing.

There can be no greater gift than to share with someone what we have and what we know. Especially if the person has no hope of receiving it on their own.

A house that replaces a shack transforms a family’s opportunities. They now have a place to generate an income, educate their children, and feel secure. With security comes improved health, especially for their children and safety against being exposed.

We are very proud to be part of the Hope for the Hungry family of ministries.

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Other Great Ways to Help

Finish This Wall
A simple and easy way to consider making a contribution. Simply buy a Virtual Brick to help fund our projects.

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I want you to know something.

There has always only been one way to accomplish anything. Through People

This is kind of a side note but an important one at that.  I want you to know that I have been involved in poverty housing in one form or another for over a decade.  Over that time, I have managed to go to some incredible places (the Dump – read the article), disaster zones, as well as participate in high-level United Nations meetings.  I’ve been to the UN in New York and Switzerland.  I’ve sat before governors of states in developing countries, I went to the Hague by invitation of the government, I met with dignitaries and politicians and have relationships with people in almost every country, I have been before at least two dozen senators and congressmen here in the states, and met with the director of FEMA. I even hold a consultative status with the UN and participated in the high-level meetings and negotiations leading up to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Agenda.

So, why did I stop you here and why am I telling you this?  Simple!  I want to be involved in ending poverty in my lifetime. This means I must share with you one of the most important things I’ve learned during that time. Poverty exists for one reason and one reason only. GREED.  O.K. you probably knew that already.  But there is something about that GREED that has an undercurrent of fear running through it. There is one thing GREED requires to exist. CONTROL. And the fear of loss of control is driving many country leaders to behave badly. But we can do something about that because you possess the one thing politicians have, for the most part, been unable to control. You and Your social engagements!

More importantly, the social engagements of people living in absolute poverty and incredibly difficult situations like slums, disaster zones, and some not so developing countries like Zimbabwe and North Korea.

Why is this important?  Simple.  Twenty-five years ago if you and I lived in a slum, like Kibera in Kenya, and we walked past each others house we would assume everybody lived like this.  Think back to your experience.  When did you first realize that the world was NOT at all like where you were growing up?  How did you come to know about the slums and disasters?  More and more the answer is the internet, SMS, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and the big G+ and the rest of the web.

Today, however, when we wake up in that same slum we can look at each others house but rather than agree that everyone must be living like this, we get on our cell phones and internet connected devices, and say how come we have to live like this?

Leaders in developing countries are anxious about this because sooner rather than later society is going to say enough and countries are going to have a very discouraged population to content with.

So I would like for us to come together and utilize the new social norm to put an end to poverty in our time.   Rather than letting developing country leaders clamor for things like a “transfer of technology” or demand that our consumption and production is causing global warming and the we are to blame for all of the poverty of their people.

I think it is time for us socially connected citizens to use the new social norm to change something important.

And no, I am not some conspiracy nut looking to expose something.

Think about how just a few actions from many people can change the world.  All we need to do is tweet, like, share, and link with enough volume that people who need to see the message will.

Think through that and if you think I am wrong then just let me know.

If you agree, then tweet, like, link, and share anything on this site and watch what happens when at some point enough people do that same thing and the volume amps up.

Never before in history has the average person been able to be so instrumental to ending poverty with just a few mouse clicks and keyboard strokes.

Help Shelter The World Today! Go ahead do it now…what can happen if I am wrong.  You send a few innocent tweets and nothing happens.  That didn’t hurt.

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