Myanmar is an ancient civilization going back 11,000 years. In its history, it was ruled by multiple kingdoms, was a British colony in the 1800’s, and occupied by Japan during
WWII. After many years as a military junta regime, Myanmar swore in its first democratically -elected President in 2016. It’s population of 51 Million is 85% Buddhist and over 100 lan- guages are spoken. Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Asia with 30% living below the poverty line.
Habitat for Humanity was officially registered with the government of Myanmar in 2014. Their involvement in the country, however, began with the response to the devastating Cyclone Nargis in May 2008. Habitat worked with local partners in facilitating early recovery and re- stored access to food, water, shelter, income and healthcare.
Habitat continues to work with donors and partners to build strength, stability and self- reliance through shelter. As of October 2016, more than 3,500 Habitat homeowners are able to build a better life for themselves and their families.
In February 2017, Habitat Myanmar began its Global Village program, welcoming its first
international team to support the implementation of its Make Change in Bago project. (The
team leaders of that team are the ones leading this one!) Their motto is: Atu Da Gua Puu Paung Saung Ywet Ja Par So…..”work and contribute together”.
Their project area is situated in Bago Division, about two to three hours by car from the capital Yangon. Bago (formerly known as Pegu during the colonial era) is an ancient city of Myanmar located 80
kilometers northeast of Yangon, near Bago River. It is located between the forested Pegu Mountains (west) and the Sittang River (east). The Pegu Sittang Canal, which crosses the area, is navigable for nearly 40 miles (nearly 65 km) with locks.
The Bago project is in east Bago region in Thanatpin Township, located 7 miles from Bago by road. Thanatpin Township includes 60 village tracts in 99 small villages and 4 town wards. Total population of this township is approximately 160,000 and 39,000 households.
In Bago, the team will be building a house made entirely of bamboo ex- cept for the roof. There are all sorts of different tasks – something for everyone no matter your age or physical abilities – and there are even some tasks using power tools! And local skilled laborers work right alongside us throughout the week.
Feb 22 & 23: Depart from home and travel to Myanmar
Feb 24: Arrive at Yangon International Airport (RGN) and be greeted by Myanmar staff, transported to accommodations in Yangon, first team dinner and overnight
Feb 25: Breakfast at accommodations, travel to Bago and enjoy some free time before dinner, overnight at accommodations, & welcome dinner and orientation
Feb 26 – Mar 2: Breakfast at accommodations before leaving for the work site, worksite safety & healthy orientation, work on the build site with scheduled breaks for snacks and lunch, travel back to accommodations, group reflections and dinner
Mar 3: Breakfast at accommodations, cultural activities, & dinner
Mar 4: Breakfast at accommodations before leaving for work site, work until noon and have lunch at the worksite, farewell celebration in the afternoon, travel back to Yangon, dinner at accommodations
Mar 5: Breakfast at accommodations depart
$2,085 per person
- Donation to HFH Myanmar
- Donation to HFH International
- Based on double-occupancy hotel accommodations
– All meals & bottled water
– All in-country transportation
- Cultural activities
- Travel med/evac insurance
– *Fee does not include airfare, visas, immunizations and trip cancellation insurance
– Team members are encouraged to do some fundraising for the trip, even if they are planning to cover all of the costs personally
– Fundraising is a great way to raise awareness about Habitat and the amazing work we do
We’re well into the new year and a new decade! Whether you’ve made resolutions to explore new places, give back to the community or learn new skills, there’s a Global Village trip that will help you follow through. Travel with Habitat and build apartments in Macedonia for 12 new families, learn how a lack of adequate shelter and municipal services affects families in rural areas of South Africa or discover how Habitat has created unprecedented partnerships with indigenous communities in Mexico.
With more than 60 trips this year, there’s so many cultures and connections you can experience!
Global Village trips are an adventure, but worry not–just like on a local Habitat build site, we’ve got everything you need. From tools & protective equipment, to lodging, food, and host family visits, Global Village trip leaders work with destination country Habitat liaisons to cover all the details. That leaves you more time for the important work of fundraising to build more homes!
Global Village trip costs include your lodging, food, and in country transportation, as well as a built-in contribution to help the destination country build homes, acquire land, access clean drinking water, and all the other things that new communities need. Airfare is your responsibility to purchase separately–we’ll let you know when trips are confirmed after a quota of members make their payments.
Participants are encouraged to do some fundraising for the trip, even if you are able to cover the cost personally. Not only does Global Village fundraising save you money, it also helps raise awareness about Habitat’s important work–both locally and around the world. In our experience, when friends, family, and coworkers hear what you’re doing with Habitat, they want to support it! If you need help with your fundraising mojo, drop us a line–we’ve got resources & ideas.
Habitat for Humanity is so grateful for companies that match donations. You can apply matching gifts from your company to your Global Village trip, as long as the gift is received by the payment deadline. If you’re requesting a match from your employer, be sure to do so as early as possible to ensure it’s fulfilled in time for your trip.
Previous Habitat SKC Global Village Trips
November 10, 2018 - November 18, 2018
An average 3,000 Habitat homes are constructed each year in 15 departments; 70 percent of these houses are in rural zones and 30 percent in urban areas. In Guatemala, there is a need for 1.6 million houses. Currently, families live in huts or crowded in a small rented room. The great problem is land tenure; since many invade property belonging to the state or to individuals, most poor families are not the legitimate owners of the land they inhabit.
September 29 - October 7, 2017
During this unique trip, we will work together with local families and skilled laborers, and learn about the needs and culture of our Indonesia-based partners.
This project is part of the 5-year Sentul Community-Based Development that aims to improve housing conditions and standard of living low-income families. Of the more than 25,000 families living in the is area, 75% live below the poverty line, with an average income of about $2.60 USD per day. 70% of households have no toilets in their houses and must use public latrines that flow directly into the river. The Sentul holistic community project incorporates construction of decent houses, improved water and sanitation facilities, and the building of safe communal toilets.
March 11-22, 2016
Nepal suffered two devastating earthquakes in April and May of 2015. Before the earthquake, 45% of the population of Nepal lived below the poverty line, with an estimated 430,000 people living in substandard housing. The situation in this desperately poor country was terrible before – and now it is even worse. According to the government of Nepal, more than 8,800 people were killed, over 604,900 homes were destroyed and around 290,000 were damaged.
Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County volunteers travelled to Nepal to build homes for families devastated by the earthquakes.
January 17-25, 2015
The Seattle-King County Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity put together a team of 10-12 volunteers to build in Nicaragua in January 2015.
October 29 - November 6, 2016
A group of nine volunteers from Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County traveled to Paraguay to build a home for a family living in Antigua.
November 1-9, 2013
A group of 16 volunteers from Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County, including our CEO Kirk Utzinger, participated in the Cambodia Big Build, November 1-9, 2013. They joined over 150 volunteers to build 12 houses in Phum Kdey Nhor Nhem (Smile Village) in Dangkor district, Phonom Penh. Volunteers worked alongside families that lost their homes and livelihood source when Steung Meanchey municipal dumpsite closed.
The Mekong Big Build marked the start of construction on the 2.2 hectare site that will ultimately consist of 270 housing units, a vocational school, market and community center. Click here to read blog journal entries from one of the participants in the build.
November 23 - December 1, 2013
Habitat Costa Rica began building in 1988, but ceased operations in 1991 with the introduction of an ambitious government housing program that gave houses to the poor. However, with large cutbacks in the government program and an estimated 35 percent of the country’s population still living in substandard housing, in 1996 Costa Rica invited Habitat for Humanity to help once again.