Cuba City, Wis. – Creators of Hope, a non-profit organization based in Cuba City, Wisconsin, will be traveling to Jamaica in the New Year, to build homes for local residents in Porus, Manchester. The volunteers are expected to arrive on the Island in January with their tools and wares. Lumber and other supplies will be bought locally to build the 12×14 foot houses, each at a cost of US $2,800.
The organization founded by Joe Biba in 2012, builds housing solutions for Jamaica’s most vulnerable population – Children, the elderly and single mothers in the most poverty stricken areas around Porus. But the giving doesn’t stop there.
According to its website, the Non-Profit collaborates with local groups and programs to provide long term support, which enables the recipients to maintain the houses and become self-sufficient. Beneficiaries receive training in money management and entrepreneurship. Families with children receive tuition assistance to keep them in school.
Its not a handout…we’re teaching them to fish. -Joe Biba
Since its inception, volunteers have constructed 9 houses and made repairs to 7 – putting a roof over the heads of about 70 people, of which 50 are women and children. In addition, volunteers pay their own way, which, including airfare, total between US $1,500 and $2,000 for the week.
This winter, the trip will become a family event for one Platteville family. Volunteer Tim Budden has been traveling with Creators of Hope for four years, and this year will be even more special as his two daughters has signed up as volunteers.
Going to Jamaica to repair and build homes for people less fortunate was an experience that truly touched my heart. It humbled me and made me realize all the gracious gifts and opportunities I have been given should not be taken for granted. I received much more in return than I gave on this trip. –Lee Eggers
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