Habitat for Humanity of Kosciusko County has been recognized by Habitat for Humanity El Salvador for its contribution in 2012 through the Habitat International tithe program.
Last year marked the 20th anniversary of Habitat for Humanity El Salvador. With the support of affiliates such as Habitat Kosciusko and donors, Habitat El Salvador has served more than 14,600 families. Habitat Kosciusko’s total donation of $3,173.17 in 2012 was the largest in the affiliate’s history and constitutes 10 percent of unrestricted giving to the affiliate.
Tithing will continue to increase as giving to the affiliate has grown over the past year. The board of directors of Habitat Kosciusko voted in October 2011 to designate the tithe to El Salvador.As a Christian based organization the 10 percent tithe is part of the foundation of Habitat. With the donation of $3,173.17 the affiliate is a member of the Chispa Club. Chispa is the aggregate slurry that goes into the concrete block voids along with rebar to reinforce the construction of the home to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes, things not uncommon in El Salvador.
“Being a member of the Chispa Club is quite appropriate, in my three build trips to El Salvador I have mixed and slung quite a bit of Chispa! As we build Habitat in Kosciusko we are proud to also build in El Salvador, both through the tithe program and annual build trips,” says Christon Clark, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Kosciusko County.
The inaugural Women Build for Habitat for Humanity of Kosciusko County is currently underway on Market Street in Warsaw. In addition to raising the funds for the build in Kosciusko, the Women Build Committee is raising the additional $6,400 (10 percent tithe) for a build in El Salvador, building a total of two homes.