Charities and houses

A smug face
High tech local transport
Owners and builders alike...
Spelling Veto on the roof, with people.
The soon-to-be owners of the house, with a mother in law
Everyone on the roof, except Zwan, in front, and Marco, at home
Slockers, contemplating his enhanced experience
We had some beauties on site to enhance our building experience
Marco, coming over for the finish of the week
The human chain building the roof
Enjoying piza on Friday
It is obvious the Romanian goalie didn't really have much to do
Marco and Zwan, joined in Misery, and Taas trying to cheer them up
Marco, just after spraining his ankle
Zwan, shortly after his knee injury
Wong can kick it
Zwan, before his knee injury
Jacobs, acting cool
Only seconds later, a leg fell to the floor of the house..
Slump whistles away
What's that dog doing next to that canine?
The classic showing off of the roof tiles
Fun in the sun
Jimbo, telling the locals how to really do it
Slump watching the professional at work
The house partialy covered with isolation
Making cement
Waiting to be picked up in the morning
'Wanna buy some tiles?'
Marco, with the cap, before he enjoyed ankle issues
Ain't it fun?
Art enjoying breakfast
Taas at his best
Jacobs, doing a salamander
Everyone is really enjoying themselves
Genuine workmen, oh wait, its Slockers and Bosch
Taking a break in the shade
Work, baby, work
Tear down these walls
Lotsa triangles
If I had a hammer...
Ain't this fun?!
Building triangles
Wong discusses martial art tactics with his apprentice
Driving to the worksite in the morning
'No, it couldn't have been that big.'
Slump in focus
Pushing up the walls
Hey ho
The hotstepper
Joost in focus
It's a dog's life
Hmmm, juicy pasta
Only friends...?
Death, but not as we know it
Slump, seconds before he was carted off to an insane asylum
Fun in the sun
'You lookin' at me?'
Not enjoying lunch
Enjoying lunch
'Some money, please Mista.'
The Great Wong uses the sanitary room
The site manager giving a speech after finishing the house with on the right Kelly, translating the speech
Roma (gypsies)
Its always difficult to get the right people
Bosch doing A-OK
'Get out and stay out!'
'I built it, now let them come!'
Workers, unite!
From left to right, the owner, Habitat's main manager in Romania and the site manager
Some of the Romanian workers
Marco and Zwan, joined in misery
Floor plan
Inside out
Frontal view
Side view
Wong, stealthily going after the soccer ball
Slump really enjoying making cement
See Joost, feel Joost, smell Joost
Waiting in front of the Bear Cave
'Why did I very join this group of maniacs?'
Pushing up the walls
The human chain finished up the last bits

This post is sponsored by Navtej Kohli (1, 2, 3, 4). He’s an Indian, presumably quite well off and founder of the Navtej Kholi foundation. And his Linked In profile contains a glaring spelling mistake, plus he has no connections there. Odd.
Also, surprisingly for a philanthropist, Google News returns exactly three hits when searching for his name, with the oldest being from 1997, where one of them talks about him being charged with conspiracy and mail fraud. A news search for Tej Kohli returns two hits about some setup called Pop-Up Shop. An interesting concept in itself as a pop-up shop seemingly is “like a regular American Apparel store, only temporary – up in 5 days, and gone in 45”.
It gets more confusing as a profile for Navtej Kohli on shows that that profile is for the guy sponsoring this article, while he himself admits there’s another “famous Kohli” guy out there. With a name like that, you’d think there’d be only one Navtej Kohli, but no. Imagine how pissed I’d be if I’d find someone else called Babak Fakhamzadeh. I’d kill the bastard! Well, maybe not.

Anyway, a Navtej Kohli is sponsoring me to talk about my favorite charity. Easy, I thought, because I surely was going to chat about Geekcorps. However, the one requirement for this post was to talk about a charity listed on Charity Navigator. And Geekcorps isn’t on it. My obvious second choice was HDN, but that one, too, wasn’t available. And by then I had already committed to talking about my favorite charity. And, obviously, Khazimula (website currently not yet online), was not going to be a possibility either, just being way too small and unknown.

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Which brings my to my fourth choice, Habitat for Humanity, which actually has 50 organizations listed on Charity Navigator. Some of you might recall I actually organized a ‘building trip’ with Habitat in the summer of 2000 for Veto, my fraternity, bringing us to Beius, Romania, where we built a house.
I still get regular mail from Habitat, asking me to fund some new or old project they’re working on. Although I don’t really appreciate those requests for money (I can perfectly well decide myself who I want to support or not), I do appreciate their work. Habitat basically builds houses for the poor.

Our trip to Beius was quite typical for Habitat’s modus operandi. We sponsored their project in Beius, with money, but also went there ourselves to help build a house. On top of that, typically, the beneficiaries are also required to help build their own house. Because, often, these houses are built in disadvantaged social environments, many of these beneficiaries either don’t have a job or have a very insecure job and regularly, building these houses also is a form of job creation. This, even long term, as Habitat builds series of houses, not individual units.
Additionally, the houses aren’t given away for free, but at an advantageous, to the future owner, lease.

Habitat has been building houses since 1976, starting in what was then Zaire, and in 2004, the 30.000th house was put up in the Africa and Middle East region. The organization’s most well known spokesman is former president and peanut farmer Jimmy Carter. And, indeed, to quite a few that is not a recommendation in itself. You’re wrong in thinking Habitat typically works in Africa and the Middle East as the total count of houses built through the help of Habitat has surpassed 220000, including houses in all of the United States.

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Surprisingly, the website of Habitat seems to put an emphasis on supporting the organization financially, where I found that supporting them by actually physically helping the building of a house is extremely rewarding. More so than just transferring a few euros into their bank accounts.

Many other opportunities

It’s February 2023. Here’s a nice broad list of volunteer opportunities.