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About Women Build
Women Build is Habitat’s volunteer program for women who want to learn construction skills and make a difference by building homes and communities.
Women Build projects are regularly held by Habitat affiliates across the United States, and by Habitat organizations around the world. Women at these builds have furthered Habitat’s home-building mission by helping to construct more than 1,650 houses.
Women Build projects, fundraising campaigns and advocacy efforts have taken place in more than 30 countries. In many of these places, Habitat works directly through women’s savings groups to help build homes in partnership with families in their communities. Women are increasingly recognized as vital to development efforts in developing nations.
Join in National Women Build Week: May 1-9, 2010
National Women Build Week annually challenges U.S. women to devote at least one day to the effort to eliminate poverty housing. This year’s celebration, sponsored by Lowe’s, takes place May 1-9 at more than 200 Habitat affiliates in all 50 states.
To learn more, visit our National Women Build Week section. And to find a participating Habitat affiliate near you, visit our “Women Build Events” page. Choose “National Women Build Week” from the Event Type drop-down menu and select your state to find a nearby event.
Support a Women Build in your community
Regular Women Builds take place throughout the year and around the world. For a listing of upcoming Women Builds, visit Habitat's Special Events directory.
Don’t worry if you don’t have construction skills. There are several ways for you to be involved and all come with hands-on training. If you do not find a Women Build project near you, connect with Habitat in your community. Your local affiliate may be planning an event in the near future.
Celebrating International Women’ Day and Women’s History Month!
March was Women’s History Month in the United States, and many countries celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 each year.
Habitat for Humanity groups frequently observe the day by hosting unique Women Builds. This year, national Habitat for Humanity programs in India, Zambia and Bangladesh held Women Builds to highlight the day. Read all about them below:
Overview: Habitat highlights women’s needs on International Women’s Day.
Habitat for Humanity India: Changing perceptions in Bangalore and a Women Build partner family profile.
Habitat for Humanity Zambia: Launching a series of Women Builds with the First Lady of Zambia.
Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh: Celebrating International Women’s Day in a different way.
Support Women Build and open new doors of opportunities
The mission of HFHI’s Women Build program is to enable U.S. and international affiliates to recruit, educate and nurture women to build—and advocate for—simple, decent and affordable houses in their communities.
In achieving this, Women Build brings together women from all walks of life to address the housing crisis facing millions of women and children worldwide. Donate today to support Women Build and help the fight against poverty housing.
Lowe’s helps Women Build keep the momentum going
Lowe’s is a major sponsor and underwriter of Women Build, and has generously supported our efforts for many years. Lowe’s has sponsored each “National Women Build Week” and will again be the sponsor for National Women Build Week 2010, May 1-9. In addition to competitive grant opportunities, Lowe’s also offers a series of free how-to clinics for Women Build affiliates. Volunteers learn construction basics through extensive hands-on opportunities.
Watch Women Build in action
Check out the following videos to see Women Build in action!
• Women Build program video
This video gives an overview of the Women Build program.
• National Women Build Week 2009
This video showcases the affect National Women Build Week has on volunteers, families and Habitat’s ministry. Take a look back at Southern Crescent Habitat’s 2009 build in Jonesboro, Georgia. National Women Build Week 2009 featured more than 200 Habitat affiliates in action, with celebrity volunteer Trisha Yearwood leading the way.
• The First Lady
A video tribute to one of Habitat’s most famous women volunteers, Rosalynn Carter, whose name was added in 2009 to the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.