Our Sister Affiliate
The word “tithe” comes from the tradition in which people of certain faiths donate ten percent of their income to their religious institution. Through Habitat’s tithe program, Habitat affiliates are encouraged to donate a tenth of what they raise in support of house building in another country, encouraging all programs to participate in the international effort to eliminate global poverty by sending a portion of what is raised in their home country elsewhere. Habitat Cabarrus’ tithe partner and sister affiliate is located in the Dominican Republic.
The most recent official studies highlight that the housing deficit in the Dominican Republic is estimated at 600,000 units. Fifty-five percent of this deficit is poor quality housing, rather than homelessness. According to recent figures provided by the United States Agency for International Development, various economic conditions and natural disasters have worsened the problem even more, increasing the number of families living in inadequate conditions to over 700,000.
Habitat for Humanity’s first 53 houses in the Dominican Republic were built in 1989, in los Cocos in the Barahona province. Habitat for Humanity has built in nine regions of the Dominican Republic: Barahona, Paraíso, Polo, Jaquimeyes, Tamayo, Nagua, San Juan de la Maguana, San Francisco de Macorís and the city of Santo Domingo. It costs just over $15,000 to fully fund a Dominican Habitat home. Since 1989, Habitat Cabarrus has sent volunteers on mission trips and tithed nearly $275,000 to its sister affiliate, helping to complete 85 projects.