We partnered with the Bukassa family to build their Habitat Home in 2015, dedicated to the family on August 30, 2015. The Bukassa family is made up of Joseph and Eunice Bukassa and their seven children: Daniella, Nathan, Naomie, Marthe, Bernice, Joseph, and Abigael.
In 2005, the Bukassa Family sought refuge from the war-stricken area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Joseph, a native of the Congo, was a pastor who started many churches in Africa and Israel, spreading the word of God. Upon their arrival in the United States, both Joseph and Eunice immediately began taking classes to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). After becoming a CNA, Joseph decided that he could better provide for his family by becoming a driver in the health care industry. He later decided to become a taxi driver with his own taxi service, while Eunice continued her education in nursing, taking courses to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Eunice received her permanent residency in 2010 and Joseph became a US citizen in December 2014.
The Bukassa family has assimilated perfectly to life in America. They learned English immediately but continued their multi-lingual culture. In fact, the entire family speaks as many as four other languages, including: French, Swahili, Lingala, and Kikongo.
During the building process, we asked Joseph and Eunice why they wanted to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Denton County. Eunice replied, "We will finally be able to purchase our own home. We want to raise our children in a way that is not financially stressful. By purchasing an affordable home, we will have a better opportunity to do so." The Bukassas are now able to provide the necessary groundwork and foundation for their children to be successful. Joseph and Eunice are channeling the fruits and seeds of their ministry and Habitat for Humanity could not be more proud to have partnered with them on their journey.