Habitat for Humanity kicks off build season

Posted By: Camila Orti


Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity are working hard to provide a Lincoln family with a new home.

Around 40 people put on their hard hats Saturday morning and got to work. A soon-to-be home near 11th and Cornhusker Highway is Habitat for Humanity’s first build of the year, and the Haroun family can hardly wait for move-in day.

“I’m very happy,” Ahmed Haroun said.

Haroun, his wife Fatima and their four kids are from Sudan. They moved to Lincoln ten years ago, not knowing a word of English, to escape the country’s ongoing violence.

“My parents, they’ve been working really hard to support us, put a roof on our head and feed us,” 15-year-old Murtada Salih said, “I’m really proud for them and I’m happy for them that we get this opportunity now.”

Thanks to Habitat, the family will be able to leave their public housing apartment in August.

“The air quality is bad, and I believe that they have a lot of water issues in their apartment,” Executive Director Michele Williamson said.

Plus, the family agrees it’s a bit cramped for the six of them.

“[I’ll] finally get my own room!” Murtada said.

The nonprofit relies on donations and hundreds of volunteers in order to build three to six homes in the county each year.

“I don’t know what we’d do without them, they’re our bread and butter here at Habitat for Humanity,” Williamson said.

Coordinators say some of the volunteers put in close to 30 hours every week during build season. According to their website, Habitat for Humanity has served more than 200 families in Lancaster County since 1986.