In Vietnam, more than 30 Global Village builds were cancelled due to the pandemic, and as a result, 21 families from seven project sites were unable to complete the construction of their homes.
Habitat Canada supporter and Global Village team leader shared his experience leading a team of volunteers to build as part of the Indigenous Housing Partnership.
Ensuring the health and safety of their volunteers meant temporarily ceasing many volunteer activities. But many of their volunteers, and staff, were eager to help in other ways.
Our national awards were announced during our virtual annual general meeting on May 22. Local Habitats won for optimizing operations, collaborating and partnering with others and innovative building.
When COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, organizations were forced to adapt. For Habitat Vancouver Island North, that meant finding a way to safely get two families into their newly built duplex.
Local Habitats have vastly altered their operations for the safety of staff and volunteers. But that hasn’t stopped local Habitats from doing what they do best – giving back to the community.
Earlier in March, Habitat Waterloo Region shut down build site operations and their ReStore. That's when their CEO suggested they try to repurpose their ReStore truck to help out in the community.
Global Village is Habitat Canada’s short-term international volunteer program, which sees thousands of volunteers build with Habitat across Canada and around the world.