EMMANUEL Children’s Church Program EMMANUEL – GOD WITH US E- Eminent and immanent M – Moving the king’s residence M - My home is your home A – Always and forever N – Near and far U – Us E - ETERNITY L – Let’s Celebrate WEEK 6 U – US WEEK 6 U – Us Talk to the children about their week and pray about any concerns. Take up offerings Read the story of Mary and Joseph and Jesus and the flight into Egypt Talk about People who are homeless because they are refugees because of natural disasters or wars In as much as you do it to one of these you do it to me. Who is my neighbour? Building houses The parable of the two houses –one built on sand the other built on rock Habitat for humanity and housing projects Geodesic domes Make Zome dome models and icy pole stick models Do the colouring/craft activities Make a circle and pray for the week ahead HABITAT FOR HUMANITY International is a non-profit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry. In the past 30 years more than 285,000 simple, decent homes have been built throughout the world by Habitat for Humanity. With a no profit loan, 500 hours family labour and volunteer support – it’s a proven concept that works time and time again. Habitat for Humanity Australia was established in 1988 and has helped provide home ownership to low-income families in Australia through its network of affiliates located in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia. Habitat’s mission is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. With a safe and decent place to live families feel strong, proud and whole. They stand up straighter, they dare to dream and plan for their children’s future ... they have hope. Vision Statement A world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Mission Statement To demonstrate God’s love in action by mobilizing partner families, volunteers and partners to provide appropriate housing solutions in sustainable communities. Core Principles Demonstrate Christian faith in action. Advocate on behalf of those in need of decent shelter. Focus on shelter by building and renovating, simple, decent affordable houses. Engage broad community through inclusive leadership and diverse partnerships. Promote dignity through full partnership with Habitat homeowners and future home partners. Promote transformational and sustainable community development. International Programs help families escape poverty Through Habitat for Humanity Australians can support families to build homes in many poor countries, including Cambodia, Fiji, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Timor Leste, Solomon Islands, Philippines and more. In Southern Vietnam, families and children are so poor they are forced to live on the stinking garbage dump of Rach Gia. Children are born here, raised here and work here, everyday they risk cuts and injuries from rusted metal and dumped rubbish, which can lead to tetanus and life-threatening infections. ‘Homes’ are made of plastic sheeting and cardboard. Small children and babies are most vulnerable. Habitat is building new homes for these families In Northern Vietnam, 750 families in the Red River Delta provinces urgently need decent houses, clean water and proper sanitation. Their houses are falling down; filthy, contaminated water has lead to alarming rates of diarrhoea among the children. Habitat aims to replicate our experience in community building to give these families security Disaster Response, Habitat for Humanity has extensive experience in helping families to rebuild their homes and their lives after natural disasters. It is a long- term process, which can take many years China Earthquake, Habitat for Humanity has committed to raise $5 million for rebuilding programs in the worst affected area, Szechuan province. Habitat has existing projects in China to rebuild homes following the earthquake that hit Yunnan last year and the floods in Guangdong. Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone, Habitat for Humanity is exploring ways to help families recover from Cyclone Nargis. Habitat is committed to helping the citizens of Myanmar, more than 1 million people are estimated to be homeless with several villages destroyed entirely. Donations to Habitat for Humanity are urgently needed to help build simple decent homes and security for very poor children and families. Your donation of $67, $88, $307, $2,302 or more, can help to pay for doors, windows, toilets, even a whole house! Building Homes at Home Low-income families in Australia can achieve the dream of building and owning their very own safe, secure homes through building partnerships with Habitat for Humanity Australia. More than 70 homes have been completed in VIC, NSW, QLD and SA, with a further 40 family home projects progressing throughout 2008. Each family receives a no profit loan and volunteers help with planning and construction. The family gives 500 hours ‘sweat-equity’ and repays the loan at low interest – their loan is then passed on to another family. Donations are needed to help build homes for low-income Australian families. It’s a gift that keeps revolving, transforming the lives of families as they build futures for their children. How Can You Get Involved They come from all over Australia, giving donations of gifts, time and sweat to give families the chance to build better lives - they’re our Habitat Heroes.