Well-known author, Dr. George Sheehan once said, “Sweat cleanses from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach.”

Habitat for Humanity Philippines home partner, Expectacion Carlos agrees. 

Previously living in a small house with one other family, she said that though building a house may come with difficulty, the sweat expended comes from the heart, and takes over the physical endurance.

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Life isn’t always a box of chocolates; it’s also about overcoming the toughest of times to get to where you want to be. Love Garcia*, 50, is a single mother who was taught by circumstance to live positively; and her story is one worthy of accolade.

Love was in an abusive relationship before. She had to endure her husband’s temper and their failed marriage before she decided to flee. When she found that her husband burned her teaching license and master’s diploma, it was the last straw. In 2003, she and her daughter and moved from Bacolod to Manila, where she tried to look for a job.

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Volunteerism is often known as a fun and rewarding opportunity, as well as a chance to connect with a diverse group of people.

Many volunteers with Habitat for Humanity Philippines claim it gives them a once in a lifetime chance to enrich not only the lives of others, but also themselves; mentally, physically and emotionally.


But for Christian Aid Ministry (CAM), it is more than that, it is also a sentiment of God’s love. 

“It’s all because of what God did for me and what God has done in my life. I want to share that with other people,” says Marcus Troyer, CAM’s volunteer Project Coordinator at Habitat’s Santa Fe site in Bantayan Island, Cebu.

 

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Working in an American-based tactical operations team which provides emergency communications in the aftermath of disasters, Sue-Lynn Hinson, initially traveled to the Philippines for work-related reasons – to provide data and voice services to Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) affected areas. It was then, the now 46-year-old American citizen turned veteran Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) volunteer, found herself wanting to do more for these communities, who in her own words, “had lost so much, yet were so generous and kind.”

Sue-Lynn shared her story with us, of how volunteering with Habitat Philippines to help build communities, has transformed her life

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Veteran Habitat for Humanity volunteer, and Global Village (GV) team leader, Ray Fowell shared with Habitat for Humanity Philippines how his 20th building activity at Paypay, Daanbantayan in Cebu was unique and truly memorable.

Midway through Ray’s GV teams build, Typhoon Hagupit (local name: Ruby) struck the island of Daanbantayan, and their game plan needed to be changed. With the goal to transform lives at the core of the team’s vision, but with the restriction of not being safe to continue construction work, Ray’s GV team continued to work hard by providing relief goods to families in the area.

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