Surviving War, Escaping Hunger: Habitat Family Finally Lives Dream

After years of escaping war in their homeland of Burundi and living in refugee camps in Congo and Zambia, Ivette Nduwimana and Pascal Moboko, along with their three children, finally made it to the U.S. in 2004.

“In refugee camps, we slept outside for two months, had no good food, but we did learn a new language and we’re excited to come to the U.S.,” said Pascal.

While they are grateful for the opportunities they have received in the U.S., they are facing new challenges. Their housing in east Portland has mold, leaky plumbing, and other health issues that are not safe for their children. While they would like to find a better housing, they are not able to afford higher rent, and buying a home is not possible through traditional means. But the Nduwimana/Moboko family know all about perseverance and they were determined to find a better living situation.

“We learned about Habitat from Africa House (IRCO) in Portland and they told us the program could help low-income families buy their own home,” said Pascal.

When they were accepted into the Habitat program, they were overjoyed. The family now envisions a new, stable place for their kids to grow and thrive. They are working hard building on site and contributing to the community.

“Being in our own home will bring stability you don’t get from renting. We can take responsibility for our neighborhood, help others and save money,” said Pascal.

Their home, located at the Orchard’s site in the Gateway neighborhood, is being sponsored by The Standard. They will be moving in this fall and look forward to their new adventures in their safe and affordable home.

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