Global Engagement

A sense of global community within Habitat for Humanity is built in part by the affiliate tithe - the sharing of a portion of an affiliate's resources with Habitat's work in another country.


Global Engagement

GDM Habitat embraces our global giving commitment as a privilege.  Each year we support Habitat’s work with families in El Salvador, Nepal, and Malawi.

Since 1987, we have dedicated nearly $2.2 million to help more than 500 families outside the United States build strength, stability, and self-reliance.


Global Projects

Every year teams of volunteers invest their vacations in making a difference in the lives of others. If you’d like to experience another culture while helping people in developing countries build homes as a key to a better life, contact Brendalyn Shird.

During November 2018 and January 2019, three teams of volunteers from GDM Habitat built hope in El Salvador.  Our next Global Village teams will travel to:

Malawi:  June 29-July 7, 2019. This will be our second trip to Malawi.  The team will build homes with vulnerable children and their care givers. Malawi is often called the warm heart of Africa because of its radical hospitality.  Check out a short video from our 2017 trip.

Nepal:  November 3-10, 2019. We’ll learn about Habitat’s innovative work in Nepal while helping build one or more homes in Kavre, an area that continues to rebuild following devastating earthquakes.

Contact Brendalyn,, or 515-471-8686 x112 to learn more or schedule a presentation.

El Salvador

El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. Habitat El Salvador has been a tithe partner to GDM Habitat since 2004. They were selected because of the overwhelming need for new and improved housing in the country as well as numerous community connections between people in the Des Moines community and El Salvador.


Nepal is a land locked country Asian country bordered by India and China. Habitat for Humanity Nepal has been a tithe partner since 2014. Refugee camps in Nepal once served as homes to more than 100,000 Bhutanese, some of whom have settled in Central Iowa and become GDM Habitat homeowners.


Malawi is a small, land locked country in southeastern Africa. Habitat for Humanity Malawi has been a tithe partner since 2014. We are inspired by Habitat Malawi's work providing homes that allow orphans and vulnerable children to remain in their own communities, as well as their collaboration with microfinance institutions.

family stories

Tem & Lia

“This is our house, this is our home and it will make our lives better. We are thankful for Habitat in helping us buy a house.”


“As a homeowner, I will feel confidence. I will be powerful. I will be able to take care of my kids and help them be successful.”

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