A constructive spring break

A constructive spring break This spring break, 10 students from The University of South Dakota traveled to Columbus, GA to build houses through Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate challenge program. They worked with the Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate and over 300 other college students from March 11-15 to build 12 houses in an impoverished Columbus neighborhood. In addition to donating their time and energy to help build houses, the students raised more than $500 for the Columbus Area Habitat to help fund the home they constructed. The past months, the USD Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity had to been raising funds to enable the students to make the 22-hour trek to Georgia.

All of the students involved with Collegiate Challenges this year are active members of The University of South Dakota Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. This program allows students the opportunity to bring back skills, experiences and enthusiasm to share with he rest of the university.

Collegiate Challenges is a year-round program, coordinated through the Campus Chapters and Youth Programs department at Habitat for Humanity International in Americus, GA. The main event is the Spring Break challenge, which runs through March and April.

By the end of April, more than 10,000 students from more than 450 colleges, universities and high schools will have worked at more than 200 sites nationwide. Collectively, these students have pledged more than $1,000,000 for the affiliates with which they are working.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Milard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliated in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.

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