The Global Village program

The Global Village program: Volunteering on a Global Village trip (GV program)

Ploiesti, RomaniaPloiesti
Project Stage:
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
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Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The Global Village program invites corporations and individuals to join the mission to eliminate poverty housing. Partnering with Habitat gives corporations and individuals a visible social responsible project by building decent and affordable homes where they are sorely needed with their own hands.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The Global village is trying to solve the worlds global housing crisis • Worldwide around 2.6 billion people live in poverty whereof 827.6 million people live in urban slums and by 2020, it is estimated it will reach almost 1 billion • Lack of clean water and sanitation claim the lives of more than 1.8 million young children each year. Adequate housing is vitally important to • Health, physical safety and security • Increase of educational and job prospects • Sense of dignity and pride

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The Global Village program supports the mission of Habitat for Humanity that everybody should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live by: working in partnership; providing volunteers with cross-cultural one to two-week experiences of building houses and sustainable relationships within communities; and generating resources, in the hope of creating long-term advocates for affordable housing. Partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods. Many volunteers have described their trip as a life-changing, transformative experience through which they gained a deeper understanding about poverty housing, development challenges and importance of being a global citizen.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Henkel and family Rudaru is a current GV trip. The incentive to meet the Romanian partner family (parents; 5 kids) was Sister Rose Namara from the Institute Our Lady of Mercy. Her concerns that the family will have though winter months in the condemn building was the motivation for Habitat and Henkel to partner with the family. Habitat Romania processed the formalities with the authorities on site (planning/building permission etc.) whereas Habitat for Humanity Deutschland prepared the employees for their trip. Within one week the community, Henkel and family builds a 60 sq safe and decent home and Henkel experience life in another country, see the final and tangible result of their efforts, develop friendships and create life-long memories

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Habitat for Humanity is embarking on a new five-year strategic plan until June 2018 that will help the organization further its mission to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity’s plan has three main components. The organization seeks to improve housing conditions for an ever-larger number of the world’s poor and low-income families; support and influence partner organizations to increase access to shelter and advocate for affordable housing policies; and mobilize hands, hearts and voices of volunteers in the cause of adequate and affordable housing.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Although Habitat for Humanity partners with microfinance institutions, the traditional way of loaning money and build a home is still a widespread option to become a house owner. That makes the microfinance institution operating in the same “marketplace”. However the implementation of the building process differs. Whereas the microfinance institution not further support families during the building process, Habitat for Humanity unique competitive advantage is the supervision and assistance of the partner family throughout the construction and also support after the project is done


Chair: Marco Witzel Corporate Manager: Christian Michalski and Patrick Hoese Global Village Manager: Ana Baldivieso Global Village Coordinator: Janet Bühning International Projects manager: Gereon Fischer PR Manager: Heidi Wenge PR and communication: Alexandra Schlösser Administration and Donation contact person: Katharina Jazbec Finance and Administration manager: Matthias Enge Cooperation Manager for Churches and Organization: Katrin Kaufmann
About the Lead Co-Creation Partners
Habitat for Humanity Deutschland
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Not for profit

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Habitat for Humanity Deutschland

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Primary European Country where this Project is creating social impact

, PH, Ploiesti

Additional European countries where this Project is creating social impact

Armenia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Poland, Portugal and Tajikistan

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Project Summary
Co-Creation Model: Tell us about your main strategic partners and how the partnership truly create value. For each Partner please include its type (business/social/public), its name, a short description, its key motivation to participate in the co-creation project, and the key contributions it is making in the co-creation project. Please follow the format displayed below:

Partner 1
American International School Salzburg
-IS-Salzburg provides a wide variety of excursions, and countless opportunities for social engagement and involvement.
Key motivation
• Promote the personal development of students
• Get to know the socio-economic differences
• Being a part of the reintegration process of the partner family back to the community
Key contributions
The students are the key resource financially, since each GV team has to raise an adjusted amount of donation and secondly, the know-how from previous volunteering cooperation’s with Habitat for Humanity

Partner 2
In over 2,400 projects Henkel supported more than 1,000,000 people in the areas of social needs, education, health and environment by donating 7.9 million € in 2013.
Key motivation
• Innovative way to make emotional and lasting connections among the team members of different departments
• Positive contribution to the community through increased attractiveness of the village (economy)
• Promote cultural diversity and tolerance amongst the employees
Key contributions
The key contribution of the people involved is the variety of expertise (facility manager up to personal assistant are present). Understanding of work Habitat is committed to by actively cooperating with the business and organization.

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Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact. Please specify using qualitative and quantitative data (e.g. # of indirect and direct beneficiaries); help us understand how this solution truly makes a difference.

In 2013, the GV program organized 20 trips and engaged more than 407 volunteers to support Habitat for Humanity's global building programs. So far, Habitat for Humanity has helped to build or repair more than 800,000 houses and serve more than 4 million people worldwide.

The GV program is great for team bonding by actively participating in a corporate team building experience namely creating a home. It also show that the company or community involved cares about the community and helping low-income families that could benefit from the hand up of homeownership. Moreover, the volunteer experiences the community’s culture, language and social practices while working alongside the homeowners and volunteers of all backgrounds, races and religions. Volunteers taking an important part in a transformative, lifelong journey and have the opportunity to make a tangible difference for families

Funding: How is your project financial supported? [select all that apply]

Individuals, Foundations, NGOs, Businesses, Regional government.

Sustainability Plan: Has your project already reached financial sustainability? If not, what is this solutio’s plan to ensure financial sustainability? Do the main partners have enough stake to sustain the solution? If this project requires limited budget, how will other resources be secured to maintain or grow this work?

Habitat for Humanity houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build more houses. Housing microfinance is a promising tool for families to gradually improve their living conditions. Housing microfinance have relatively short repayment periods, small loan amounts and little or no collateral required. Habitat for Humanity does not issue microfinance loans, but collaborates with partner microfinance institutions. Partners provide loans; Habitat for Humanity provides trainings to homeowners on financial responsibility and managing their loans.

Founding Story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the Partners to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 in Americus, Georgia, USA. The idea for Habitat for Humanity was born at Koinonia Farm in 1965. Millard and Linda Fuller developed the concept of "partnership housing”. In 1973, the Fullers decided to apply the concept in developing countries and moved to Mbandaka, Zaire with the goal to offer affordable yet adequate shelter to 2,000 people. After three years of hard work to launch a successful house building program, they returned to the United States.
Through this program, simple, decent houses became affordable to those who were too poor to qualify for conventional financing. Their house payments were placed into a revolving Fund for Humanity, which was used to build more houses.

About the Co-Creation
Barriers: What main barriers may you have encountered to co-create during the creation and implementation of the project and how did you try to overcome them?
Governance: What is the type of the relationship between the partners? (e.g. joint venture, contractual relationship, joint project...)

It is a joint project. On the one side the partner family on site cooperates with Habitat for Humanity and on the other side the community or company.

Habitat for Humanity arrange the gathering of both parties and furthermore the host Habiat for Humanity office overlook the building project from the start until the end as construction manager. Habitat for Humanity takes responsibilty for the complete trip organisation to ensure everything runs smoothly and the help is as efficient as possible.

Interaction model: How is the project a transformative partnership? How is the interaction transforming the partnering organizations and their employees/ leadership in terms of creating a new vision, new management practices, new skills and new organizational structures? Please provide for concrete examples

Many volunteers have described their Global Village trip as a life-changing, transformative experience through which they gained a deeper understanding about poverty housing, development challenges and the importance of being a global citizen.

Affordable Habitat homeownership has a transformative effect on the lives of low-income families. Individuals and company support helps low-income families across the country experience just these transformative outcomes, which will have an impact on their health and wellbeing for years to come.
The donation and thousand of hours of volunteer support, truly illustrating the organization’s commitment to helping families get the initial footing they need to improve their lives.

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