AMWAY: Warm Story on a Cold Day

AMWAY: Warm Story on a Cold Day

Zacapa 2014 creates Habitat for Humanity colony

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Monday, February 3, 2014 - 3:30pm

CAMPAIGN: #AmwayVolunteers


While those of us at Amway headquarters battle snow and ice, Amway Business Owners and employees in Guatemala are working under the heat of the Zacapa sunshine.

Each year, teams from the US, Central America, South America and the Caribbean descend on Guatemala to build homes alongside families who need them.

This Habitat for Humanity project goes back nearly a decade, and is responsible for funding and building entire neighborhoods of homes in remote areas of the country.

Last week, volunteers carried on the tradition. People of all ages and backgrounds put on their boots and gloves and worked all day – cutting steel rebar, mixing cement, digging trenches and performing the hundreds of other tasks that will prepare the foundations for new family homes.

Habitat for Humanity helps families establish clear land ownership and learn how to maintain their homes. The future owners work with volunteers, doing all of the manual labor required to finish their homes. For many, it will be the first home they ever know.

Most volunteers come back year after year, falling in love with the people, the land, and the experience.

It’s not easy work, but it just may be the best way to spend a week in the winter.

Click here for the photo gallery on Facebook, or click here to watch video updates from each day.