The Green Door Project

The picture above is a typical mud hut with a thatch roof and walls made of dirt taken from a termite mound. These homes require frequent repairs as the walls break or collapse due to the rain and heat. The thatch roof is made of grass and plastic that provide a breeding ground for mosquitos infected with malaria. Rodents use the grass and plastic from these roofs to create their nests making it necessary for the owner to repair or replace them often. The dirt floor also gives a home to jiggers, a type of flea that burrow into the hands and feet of people living in the home. Especially in children who crawl and play on the ground. Jiggers, once inside the skin, lay eggs causing swelling, itching, pain and infection which can lead to amputation and even death in some cases.

A Green Door Home is built to last for generations. Our homes provide safety from the rain, from mosquitos infected with malaria and from thieves looking for an easy target. Owners are no longer burdened with the financial challenges of constant maintenance. Below are the key benefits of a Green Door Home.

The Green Door Project

The picture above is a typical mud hut in Mozambique. These homes require frequent repairs as the walls break or collapse due to the rain and heat.

A Green Door Home is built to last for generations. Our homes provide safety from the rain, from mosquitos infected with malaria and from thieves looking for an easy target. Owners are no longer burdened with the financial challenges of constant maintenance. Below are the key benefits of a Green Door Home.

Raised Concrete Foundation

A raised concrete foundation keeps rain from getting in the home and provides a floor that is free of bugs that breed in the dirt and cause sickness, especially in children. Owners no longer have to stand and sleep during rainy nights.

Cement Block Walls

When a mud hut is built, the dirt from termite mounds is used to form the walls. These walls require frequent maintenance and collapse under heavy rain. The walls of a Green Door home withstand the elements, provide protection and safety for generations to come.

Metal Roofing

Mud huts typically have a thatch roof with plastic. These roofs leak, harbor bugs, hold moisture and require a lot of maintenance. A Green Door home has a zinc roof that lasts for many years, sheds water and keeps the interior of the home nice and dry.

Screened Windows

Screened windows provide circulation in the home while keeping mosquitos outside of the home. These windows are also protected with steel bars to keep the family safe from thieves looking to steal the few possessions they own.

Locking Doors

All homes are built with our signature Green Door. These doors are made from a special wood and treated to protect them from termite decay. The lock provides safety and peace of mind so owners can rest well knowing they are protected.

Ownership for Generations

When a home is dedicated, the owner(s) sign a deed to their home and are trained on how to care for and maintain it. Owners are able to rest well knowing that when they are gone their home is passed on to a family member they choose.

Together, with your help, we built 52 Green Door Homes and employed 28 workers in 2016.

With an average size family of 5, that means around 260 lives were changed by having a cement block home. These families now know what it’s like to have a place to be safe from the rain, from biting insects breeding in their walls and roof, and can sleep well with a solid locking door.

This also has given 28 men the opportunity to have steady work to provide for their families, give them a sense of pride and purpose and learn a trade that will help them in their future. A wonderful opportunity they would not have without your generosity.

Together, with your help, we built 52 Green Door Homes and employed 28 workers in 2016.

With an average size family of 5, that means around 260 lives were changed by having a cement block home. These families now know what it’s like to have a place to be safe from the rain, from biting insects breeding in their walls and roof, and can sleep well with a solid locking door.

This also has given 28 men the opportunity to have steady work to provide for their families, give them a sense of pride and purpose and learn a trade that will help them in their future. A wonderful opportunity they would not have without your generosity.

We need your help to build more Green Door Homes

Become a Sponsor

FAQs

Can I select the family I would like to sponsor?

Yes! We have videos available to view current families in need of a Green Door Home. Our vision is to make a sponsorship more than a one-time thing.  We encourage you to also send the family notes and encouragement. Knowing that someone cares provides empowerment and self-worth. Mission trips will be coming up soon so you can visit your sponsor family if you choose to do so.

Do the owners know how to maintain their Green Door Home?

Yes. Children’s Relief provides each new Green Door Homeowner with training on how to properly care for their home to ensure it is well taken care of for years to come.

How big is a Green Door Home?

A Green Door home is approximately 175 sq. ft. in total size with 162 sq. ft. living space.

What happens to the home when the sponsored owner passes away?

A Green Door Home stays within the family. When an owner passes away, they are deeded to another family member or a friend in the instance that there are no other family members.

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