Campus Habitat for Humanity group exceeds expectations


by Casey Hansen

Somewhere in the world, a family needs a home. The task ofbuilding a home is expensive and requires various kinds of suppliessuch as paint, nails and lumber. For those in need, Habitat forHumanity can help.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit international organizationthat helps bring new homes to families who don’t have a house orthe means to build one. The organization is Christian-based butwelcomes members of all denominations.

Houses built are offered to the families, who make payments onthe house with no mortgage rate or interest rate.

The Simpson Habitat for Humanity group is alive and well, andthis year they are doing more than ever to raise money to sponsorhouses.

According to Shristi Upreti, president of Simpson’s Habitat forHumanity, this year’s group is more close than years before whichhas allowed the group to grow to twenty members.

“People are more interested in what Habitat is, and they’recoming back,” said Upreti.

The Simpson group’s major project this year is to sponsor ahouse in Nepal. Many people in Nepal live in mud houses and are inneed of better housing because of Nepal’s weather conditions. Tofund this sponsorship, the group is putting on fundraisers such asthe Penny Wars that took place in BSC Nov. 17 through Nov. 21. Thegroup went into this project with the hopes of raising $50 but wasexcited, Upreti said, when the total contributions ended up at$123.

The group only did two fundraisers last year but has added moreprojects for this year including leaf raking, shoveling snow and afaculty luncheon to help meet their fundraising goal of $1,000 bythe end of the spring semester. Simpson’s Habitat for Humanityhelps out locally in Warren County. Funding is not supplied, butsupplies such as paint, nails and wood are donated to help withprojects. Simpson’s Habitat for Humanity is open to allstudents.