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

Habitat for Humanity’s sense of global community is built in part by our affiliate tithe. (A tithe is the sharing of a portion of our resources with a Habitat affiliate in another country.)

GDM Habitat embraces our tithe commitment as a privilege, and an opportunity to build with families beyond the immediate community. Currently, we tithe to further Habitat International’s work in El Salvador, Nepal, and Malawi.

Since 1987, we have tithed more than $2 million building hope for more than 400 families outside the United States.

Global Projects

Every year teams of volunteers invest their vacations in making a difference in the lives of others.  If experiencing another culture while helping people in developing countries build homes as a key to a better life, contact Brendalyn Shird.  Teams have recently returned from Malawi and El Salvador, and we’re lookin to 2019 with trips to:

  • El Salvador:  January 1927, 2019.  Teams work to build homes in and around Jocoaitique, El Salvador, where we’ve completed 14 homes and developed strong community connections. Check out this video from one of our previous trips:
  • Malawi:  Summer 2019, dates to be announced. 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:  Fall 2019, dates to be announced. This will be our first trip to Nepal, where we’ll help build homes and connect with local families.
Contact Brendalyn Shird at or 515-471-8686 ext. 112 to schedule a meeting or group 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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