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We partner with families globally to strengthen communities, build or improve homes and advocate for everyone’s right to live in safe, affordable housing.
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A Habitat for Humanity International worker uses a drill inside of a house.
It goes without saying that our lives have changed quite a bit in 2020. Faced with an ongoing global health pandemic, we’ve adjusted in countless ways to a new normal that includes terms like social distancing, quarantine and distance learning. People of all ages have tackled new technology out of necessity for work, school or socialization. We’ve all seen stark images of deserted public places, and face masks have become a staple wardrobe item – even to the point that they have been fashionized as an accessory. As part of these changes, most of us have been spending a lot…

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This is how Jaruwan describes the past decade. This better life, she says, is because of the Habitat house that she built with volunteers in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as part of the 2009 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Ten years ago, Jaruwan was cleaning homes and sewing pillowcases to support her family. Today, she has a thriving business that she operates out of her house. She makes shoulder bags and key chains. Mostly, she makes shoes. Lots of shoes. She is also proud that she can provide for her children. “My children can have good food, and they can go to a better quality school,” Jaruwan says. “I feel happy that I can take good care of them.”