Mach Gong

Mach Gong (center) used his hammer at the wall-raising work day in January.

Mach and Angeth Gong will receive the keys to their new home 9 a.m. Saturday morning. The home comes from their own sweat equity and Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, city of Peoria and APS, the sponsor.

Construction was completed this past month and now, the couple, who migrated from Sudan, will have a safe home for their children at 11413 N. 81st Ave.

Mach and his wife, Angeth Gong, were born and raised in South Sudan. Growing up in South Sudan was fun until the early 1980s, when civil war began. The war forced thousands of innocent civilians to flee their home. Seeking a better life for their growing family, they came to the U.S. from Sudan to escape the strife of civil war.

The family currently resides in a two-bedroom apartment in Phoenix. Although their living conditions are not as scarce as the previous places they have lived in the past, there is still a general concern for their safety. The family has to deal with loud music at night, the smell of smoke from neighbors, and a busy street nearby.

The Gong family dreams of a place to live with safety and stability– they dream of homeownership through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

Mach and Angeth work diligently as full-time employees while raising their three daughters, Athou, Nyalueth and Athieu. Angeth works as a custodian for a janitorial service company and Mach works as a general clerk at a supermarket. The Gong family enjoys going to the library, attending church and visiting friends.

Angeth first heard about Habitat for Humanity through friends. The main motivator for the couple to apply for the housing program was that they would have a place to call home. Their dream will be achieved through partnership with Habitat for Humanity and their sponsors.

“A Habitat home means you belong to a community.” - The Gong Family

Habitat for Humanity independently identifies the recipients, who must meet Habitat’s requirements regarding home ownership and “sweat equity.