COLUMBUS, OH (August 25, 2014) – Havoyoco today announced its upcoming crowdfunding campaign – which will raise funds for a project to help families in war-torn Somalia.
“Women and young children are currently living in transient camps, as their homes have been demolished – or are no longer safe,” explained Mohammed Hassan, Havoyoco Chief Executive Director. “We are raising funds to build homes for 120 families, so that they no longer have to live in tents in refugee camps.”
In addition to building homes for over 100 families, Havoyoco will build a medical center, school and two deep water wells to deliver safe drinking water to the families.
“These families have endured unthinkable tragedy,” continued Hassan. “Imagine a rail-thin, barefoot child waiting in line for a bucket of water to haul back to a flimsy tent where his family waits – trying to escape from the harsh winds. These conditions are not temporary for these families; they have nowhere to go, and no opportunities for secure housing.”
“We will build permanent homes to transform their lives – giving them back their dignity, and providing them with opportunities to build a better life with their basic needs being met. These families are victims of decades of war and corrupt government. They have endured drought and famine, but Havoyoco wants to save these families and give them hope for a better future.”
Havoyoco needs YOUR help. In order to build the homes, school and medical facility, the organization needs to raise $1.4 million. To get started with Phase I of the project, Havoyoco needs to raise $20,000. Backers are asked to give what they can – no matter the amount at http://igg.me/at/havoyoco. Crowdfunding on Indiegogo will begin on August 26th
Havoyoco’s mission is to empower the struggling internal displaced refugees to create sustainable livelihoods. This much-needed Hargeisa housing project will provide secure permanent housing for 120 families, mostly women and children leading marginal existence in the privations of an internal refugee camp, giving them access to clean, fresh water, basic medical care and the opportunity to attend school. Through a combination of international organizations and the generosity of individual donors whose hearts are touched by the grassroots efforts of youth volunteers among the neediest refugee camps, Havoyoco, Inc. (Africa) has been a humanitarian outreach presence since 1992 and operates as a nonprofit 501©3 organization. We provide food, literacy classes, parenting classes, vocational training and ongoing counseling to refugee children and their families. Contributions to Havoyoco’s campaign will bring these 120 families closer to the opportunity of starting their lives over, healing from the emotional scars of war and reclaiming their dignity through access to basic services, education and vocational training. In addition the personal satisfaction of helping build safe homes for little children, backers qualify for a tax deduction for the amount of their contribution to building Homes for Humanity.