Alma and her family achieved home ownership after partnering with Habitat for six years. Through hard work they achieved milestones they did not think could be possible when they first moved to New Zealand from the Philippines over 10 years ago. Originally, they lived in a hostel for four years with their two children, then rented a two-bedroom home that became too small as the children grew older and needed to have their own rooms. The family successfully applied for a Habitat Home in April 2014.

“My journey with Habitat made me and my family grow better and better as the years passed by. The milestones are endless. I finished my Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology in Medical Laboratory Science at Massey University. My kids are now settled and happy, enjoying their lives as students and athletes.”

Alma’s journey has much in common with many of Habitat’s partner families. Families who can thrive with the stability and security that a place to call home can bring.

“I feel the future is boundless for us here in New Zealand. By hard work and achieving our goals in life, and most importantly by our strong will, determination and prayers, our dreams have come true.”