Global Engagement

A sense of global community within Habitat for Humanity is built in part by the affiliate tithe - the sharing of a portion of an affiliate's resources with Habitat's work in another country.


Global Engagement

A world where everyone has a decent place to live – GDM Habitat embraces this vision by extending the impact of our extensive local work through global giving and hands-on service trips.

We’ve built hope for 510 families outside the United States, including 45 families in Malawi, Nepal, and El Salvador during Fiscal Year 2019!  Our lifetime tithe recently surpassed $2.3 million.

What’s more, 24 teams of GDM Habitat Global Village volunteers have invested time and money building homes, community, and hope with Habitat in Nepal, Malawi and El Salvador.  In 2019 alone, we sent teams to all three countries, and service trips to both Nepal and El Salvador are planned during 2020.

Nepal Heritage Build

Nepal is a country blessed with a rich diversity of cultures, religions, and traditions. Nestled between China and India, Nepal is home to approximately 125 ethnic groups, each with their own history, festivals, languages, and folklore. In honor of this great cultural heritage, which is also expressed in the designs of local homes, Habitat Nepal is delighted to invite you to our 2020 Heritage Build!

During this special event, designed specifically for US Affiliate supporters (like GDM Habitat for Humanity), you will help build permanent, disaster resilient housing for marginalized communities in the Eastern lowlands (Tarai).

We invite you to join hands with Habitat Nepal and our local partners on this life-changing journey!

Download the Nepal Heritage Build flyer (PDF).

Contact Brendalyn at or 515-471-8686 x112 to receive alerts about upcoming trips and how you can join or to schedule a one-on-one meeting or group presentation.

El Salvador 2020
Malawi 2019 trip video
El Salvador 2019 trip video

Photos from Malawi, July 2019

El Salvador

El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. Habitat El Salvador has been a tithe partner to GDM Habitat since 2004. They were selected because of the overwhelming need for new and improved housing in the country as well as numerous community connections between people in the Des Moines community and El Salvador.


Nepal is a land locked country Asian country bordered by India and China. Habitat for Humanity Nepal has been a tithe partner since 2014. Refugee camps in Nepal once served as homes to more than 100,000 Bhutanese, some of whom have settled in Central Iowa and become GDM Habitat homeowners.


Malawi is a small, land locked country in southeastern Africa. Habitat for Humanity Malawi has been a tithe partner since 2014. We are inspired by Habitat Malawi's work providing homes that allow orphans and vulnerable children to remain in their own communities, as well as their collaboration with microfinance institutions.

family stories

Tem & Lia

“This is our house, this is our home and it will make our lives better. We are thankful for Habitat in helping us buy a house.”


“As a homeowner, I will feel confidence. I will be powerful. I will be able to take care of my kids and help them be successful.”

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