At Abide Well we are passionate about providing “strong homes” for individuals in need. A strong home is a term used by Swazis in reference to a home built from masonry, typically cinder block. This is in opposition to one built from stick, mud, and cow dung. We go above and beyond the construction industry standard.  In fact, our roofs are twice as thick as the average roof in the country. While we do take pride in our homes, we are even more excited about the sustainable model of community development that creates the “back bone” of our organization. We build relationships in villages long before we ever place our first block. We engage rural communities on a personal level, communicating with regional chiefs, local pastors, community leaders and eventually with every family in the community. We do this because we take seriously the mistakes of previous well-meaning organizations, those which have come and gone and left behind a damaging cycle of external reliance. We approach the issue of poverty with an asset-based community development model, whereby individuals in communities are encouraged and expected to bring themselves out of poverty.

Program Countries:

Eswatini (Swaziland)

GCF # 776

Team Lead:

Nathan Burlingame

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