In accordance with Habitat’s quality assurance guidelines, all domestic Habitat affiliates agree to participate in a tithing partnership with an international affiliate of their choice. Shortly after South Central MN was founded in 1990, it was time for an international tithing community to be selected.
Stan and Marie Benson, active members of the St. Peter partnering community, suggested Tanzania. The couple dedicated 30 years of their lives to fighting poverty and substandard housing in Tanzania.
A single house sponsorship in Tanzania currently costs $4,500. This can provide a single-family with two to three bedroom home. Designs of these homes are quite different than those of a domestic home here in the U.S.A. Solid foundations made of cement floors and screened windows are key features to block out infectious mosquitoes.
Since launching the partnership in 1990, the affiliate has been able to contribute $235,700 tithe to Tanzania affiliate. This has allowed our community of South Central MN to aid over 90 families overseas in need of simple, decent and affordable housing. This fiscal year the tithing contribution totaled to $14,300 in the partnering of three Tanzanian families.
Habitat for Humanity of South Central MN looks forward to further fighting poverty by building sustainable homes, communities and hope on a global scale as well as locally.