More than 75 family members, sponsors, community members, Habitat staff and board members attended the ceremony to celebrate with the families.
The three families were overjoyed with the prospect of becoming homeowners, said Kristyn Johnson, spokesperson for Habitat. They all thanked the sponsors and volunteers who helped them build their homes.
“We are so blessed to have this home,” said Daouda Moungbakou, one of the new homeowners. “Our family has been through so many hardships. We are very appreciative of everyone who helped make our dream come true. Thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors for helping to build our new home.”
The Moungbakou family emigrated from Cameroun to the U.S. in 2011 to be able to provide a better life for their three daughters: Aicha, 17, El Kjamila, 7, and Camila, 2, he said.
In Cameroon, the Moungbakou couple were teachers. Daouda Moungbakou is now working at a local grocery store and Maimouna Moungbakou works at a convenience store. The UPS Foundation sponsored the home and provided both the funds and the volunteer labor needed to build the home.
The second home was built in partnership with John and Hannah Mawi who were born and raised in Burma. In 2002, they were relocated to Malaysia as political refugees and eventually came to the United States in 2008 with their four sons: Van Ro Sang, 12, Lal Duh Um, 11, and the twins, Lung Lian Thank and Ram Pek Lian, 5.
Hannah Mawi works at Tyson while John Mawi cares for the children and attends college part-time.
The Mawi family said they were thrilled to have Thrivent Financial and the Lutheran Coalition as the sponsors of their home. A grant was awarded by the Thrivent Financial Builds program, which provided 50 percent of the cost of construction.
The remaining 50 percent was contributed by the Lutheran Coalition; a group of Lutheran Churches who donated both the funds and the volunteer labor. This was the seventh Thrivent Financial and Lutheran Coalition Build in North Central Georgia, Johnson said.
Habitat partnered with the Thang family on the third home. Cin and Hrin Thang are also originally from Burma. In 2005, the
The Thangs have four daughters; Priscilla, 8, Rachel, 6, Jemimah, 4, and Nora, 2 months old.
The family had many community sponsors involved in helping to build their home including: Lowes, Publix Super Markets Charities, the Rotary Clubs of Canton, Roswell and Windward, Ryder, State Farm, Transamerica, and Turf Masters Lawn Care. Along with these sponsors are the high schools involved in the Youth United Program which include: Alpharetta High School, Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, Cambridge High School, Creekview High School, Fellowship Christian School, Johns Creek High School, Mt. Pisgah Christian School, Roswell High School, and Sequoyah High School.
Habitat for Humanity — North Central Georgia is a non-profit, Christian housing ministry that builds simple, decent homes for purchase by low income families who demonstrate a capacity for responsible homeownership. Since its inception in 1995, 253 homes have been completed and over 975 family members have been served in North Fulton, Cherokee and Forsyth/Dawson counties.
Each family is required to attend six educational classes and perform 200 sweat equity hours. Families earn between 30 percent and 60 percent of the Atlanta area median income and purchase their homes from Habitat which provides them with a 30-year, no-interest loan.
Family members work side by side with the volunteers, sponsors, and Habitat staff to build their homes. These families not only get to experience the pride of homeownership but they also know that their lives will be changed forever. For more information on Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia, please visit www.habitat-ncg.org.
Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is a multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership between Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity International. Thrivent Builds is designed to involve Thrivent members and Lutherans in helping provide a “hand up” to people in need of affordable housing, offering them a path to greater economic independence. Excluding government funding, Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity is Habitat’s largest single source of funding, constructing more than 2,900 homes in the U.S. and around the world since 2005. For more information, visit ThriventBuilds.com.