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

A world where everyone has a decent place to live – GDM Habitat embraces this vision by extending the impact of our extensive local work through global giving and hands-on service trips to El Salvador, Malawi, and Nepal.

We’ve built hope for 510 families outside the United States, including 45 families in Malawi, Nepal, and El Salvador during Fiscal Year 2019!  Life-time tithe recently surpassed $2.3 million.

What’s more, 22 GDM Habitat Global Village volunteer teams have contributed time and money to build homes in El Salvador and Malawi since 2007.  The first week of November 2019 we’re sending our first volunteer team to Nepal, and we are now recruiting a team to work in El Salvador from January 11-19, 2020.

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.

El Salvador:  January 11-19, 2020.  We’ll work on one or more disaster resistant homes in north-eastern El Salvador, continuing GDM Habitat’s focus on assisting families that live in and near Jocoaitique — an area of focus since 2014. What’s more, we’ll hear about Habitat El Salvador’s broad-ranging efforts to help families build and improve their homes affordably while advocating for policies that make decent housing more accessible to hard-working families.

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

Photos from Malawi, July 2019

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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