- Savannah US-GA
As a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, photographer Lisabeth Christy traveled from her hometown of Washington, DC, to Costa Rica. There, Lisabeth Christy participated in Habitat efforts to build homes for local residents. In Costa Rica, more than 1 million of the country's 4.5 million residents live in poverty. At least 7,000 homes in the country do not have sufficient water supplies, while 20,000 homes have pit toilets in place of modern bathrooms. More than 1,500 homes do not have energy sources for cooking. In 1988, Habitat for Humanity began addressing these needs. A nationwide housing program ended Habitat services only three years later, but the country invited the organization to return in 1996 to fill in gaps due to program cutbacks. Prioritizing the needs of those families with the least available resources, Habitat for Humanity strives to maximize its own available resources by sponsoring renovation and improvement projects as well as new construction.