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.  

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.

Upcoming Trip to El Salvador:  January 11-19, 2020.  Registration for this trip is closed. We’ll work on one or more disaster resistant homes in north-eastern El Salvador, continuing GDM Habitat’s focus on assisting families that live in and near Jocoaitique — an area of focus since 2014. What’s more, we’ll hear about Habitat El Salvador’s broad-ranging efforts to help families build and improve their homes affordably while advocating for policies that make decent housing more accessible to hard-working families.

Contact Brendalyn,, or 515-471-8686 x112 to learn more or schedule a presentation.

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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