May 16, 2016
2015 Top 12 American Idol Finalist Sarina-Joi Crowe joined more than 50 Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury volunteers and Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers on Saturday, May 7, 2016 to help local families build or repair a decent and affordable place they can call home. Saturday’s project was part of Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week, which takes place April 30-May 8. The project also supports “Home for the Holidays,” a nationwide initiative launched by Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity to work alongside 1,000 families to help them build or repair their homes by December.
Habitat for Humanity’s National Women Build Week is a weeklong event created by its Women Build program that invites women to devote at least one day to help families build strength, stability and independence through housing. The week is meant to spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by women. Lowe’s donated $2 million to Habitat’s 2016 National Women Build Week and will provide the support of Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers. The home improvement chain will also conduct how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills.
This is Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury’s seventh annual Women Build home. Volunteers began constructing the home on April 2nd in Franklin, TN and have worked alongside future homeowner Anyiir Aguto each weekend. The home will be completed and dedicated to the Aguto family on June 2nd.
In 2001, Anyiir came to the United States from the Sudan as a refugee of war. She was one of an estimated 20,000 children who later became known as “The Lost Boys.” These children, most of whom were 4 to 12 years old, fled their villages and families, most walking for more than a thousand miles to escape death or induction into the northern army. Anyiir and her brother were able to walk to Kenya and three years later came to the United States when she was only 15. Anyiir is delighted to be able to buy an affordable home where she can raise her two beautiful daughters, Atong (12) and Ayen (11). Her energy-efficient, craftsman-style home will be sold to her at no profit and with a 0% interest mortgage.
“Educating my girls is the most important thing to me, and I am thankful they can attend school here in Franklin,” Anyiir explains. “I am so grateful to Lowe’s and to all the volunteers who are making my home a reality.”