There is nothing that brings dignity to an impoverished family more effectively than a sturdy new house. A home is a foundation for the future and a source of hope. And the need for shelter is pervasive, especially in developing countries. Housing conditions among those who live in poverty are so pitiful that families typically reside in shacks built from scavenged materials — rusty tin sheets, scraps of lumber and discarded plastic tarps. Such structures really don’t shelter the occupants from the elements at all. When it rains, the floors become mud pits and walls can become hosts to disease-ridden insects and vermin.
But there is hope and a cause for rejoicing! That hope is realized when Christian brothers and sisters step up and respond to this need.