We want to do everything in our power to give our children the best possible lives.
We are looking forward living in a quiet and safe neighboorhood.
—Esad Kraina, Tippie Build 4 Partner Family—
Groundbreaking for our home took place on August 30, 2010. Building started the beginning 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 on May 7, 2011, the Saturday before final exam week. A perfect way to finish our semester!
In 1999, Esad met with the U.S. Embassy and moved to the United States to seek peace. He was one of the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the Kosovo War. Five years later, he became a U.S. citizen. A proud citizen of a new country, Esad brough his wife, Mika, and his young son, Denis, to Iowa. He was working for McComas-Lacina on a Habitat home when he learned that he, too, was eligible to become a Habitat Partner Family.
Esad and Mika worked hard to complete the 500 “sweat equity hours” they must invest as part of purchasing their Habitat home. Esad tells us that being able to give his children a better life than he had means everything to him. His family is looking forward to living in their new home in a quiet, safe neighborhood in Iowa City.
Tippie Build 4 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.
You can be part of making this dream come true for another family. Help us raise the funds we need to build our next house by making a donation. If you are a Tippie student who would like to work on the construction, sign up to build the house.