I'm getting an opportunity I've never had before.
This house is not only for me. It's their house. It's for my children.
—Alpha Diallo, Tippie Build 3 Partner Family—
Groundbreaking for our home took place on September 25, 2009. Building started the end of October. During the fall semester, we constructed the walls, built the roof, and wrapped the house for winter. In the spring, we completed the inside work on the house and the landscaping. We dedicated our house the week before final exams—one last celebration before buckling down to study.
To escape the violence in their homeland in Republic of Guinea, Alpha, Fatoumata, and their children moved to Mali, Africa. Eventually, they were granted political asylum in the United States and moved to Iowa City. Alpha and Fatoumata have been working diligently to complete the 500 “sweat equity hours” they must invest as part of purchasing their Habitat home. Alpha and Fatoumata are working to provide a place for their children to grow. “They won’t have to search for a place to live like I have to and move,” Alpha said. “They’ll be better than me, and that’s good.”
Tippie Build 3 was also an energy efficient, "green" home. Among the "green" features included in this home were:
Habitat homes are a hand-up, not a hand-out. To learn why, visit our Hand-Up webpage.
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