Guatemala Partnership

Did you know that for every home that Habitat renovates in Washtenaw County, we sponsor one abroad?


That means that your support not only helps families right here in our community, but also families and children around the world. Since our founding in 1989, we have provided over $500,000 in international support, and have built over 130 houses abroad, including 30 in Haiti and 35 in Guatemala, two of our focus countries.

Over the past five years, we have partnered with the Habitat Guatemala affiliate in Quetzaltenango (Xela or Shay-la for short) to help families improve their lives and their community. Similar to how we focus our efforts in targeted neighborhoods here in Washtenaw County, we have been working with one area outside Xela called Cantel. The impact has been clear to see – more families now live in safe, sanitary dwellings and the whole community is becoming revitalized due to this work.

Every February, volunteers from Ann Arbor travel to Xela and spend more than a week working side by side with the partner families to build simple concrete block homes. In March 2019, another group of local Habitat staff and supporters traveled back to Guatemala to continue this important work. Stay tuned to learn how you can get involved in 2020.