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Habitat for Humanity Africa and the Middle East to Celebrate the Completion of its 50,000th House

March 26, 2008

PRETORIA, March 26, 2008 – On March 27th, Habitat for Humanity Africa and the Middle East will celebrate the completion of the 50,000th house in the region. The event will also coincide with a second milestone, as Habitat for Humanity Egypt will celebrate the completion of its 10,000th house.

In recognition of these two major achievements, a one-day event will take place in Al Minia, Egypt. The event will be attended by national, regional, and international Habitat for Humanity staff and supporters, as well as community leaders, government officials including the Minia Governor, as well as Heads of City Councils in Egypt, and homeowners. “This celebration will be a chance for us to honor our partners and donors who have worked with us earnestly throughout the 19 years. My hope is that through this event, we can look forward to working together in serving more families in need of shelter for many more years to come,” says Yousry Makar, National Director for Habitat for Humanity Egypt.

The various Habitat for Humanity programs within the region have found innovative ways to address the unique shelter needs of the communities throughout the region. For example, successful initiatives provide housing for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS as well as for their caregivers. In Lebanon, when sectarian conflict destroyed the shelter of many, Habitat for Humanity provided disaster reconstruction to affected families. The country programs also address the challenges faced by both the rural and urban poor, and refugees and internally displaced persons.

Over the course of its work, Habitat for Humanity Africa and the Middle East has helped provide decent, affordable housing to 50,000 families. In building homes, Habitat for Humanity, together with homeowners and community members, has also helped build hope where it was previously lacking. With their improved living conditions, adults and children have the opportunity to live healthier, more productive lives, where the future is looked upon with a sense of optimism, rather than with despair. Bakgori Letlole, a Habitat homeowner in Botswana described the feeling he got from his new home, “When you have adequate accommodations, you are happy. I look forward to staying in my Habitat house with my children, happily.”

About Habitat for Humanity Africa and the Middle East
Habitat for Humanity International has been working to build decent, affordable housing throughout the Africa and Middle East region since the first house was built in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1979. Today, Habitat for Humanity Africa and the Middle East works in 22 countries throughout the region.

About Habitat for Humanity Egypt
Habitat for Humanity Egypt (HFHE) was founded in 1989, and has constructed or renovated houses that have turned despair into hope for thousands of families in 15 communities who were living in substandard housing.

HFHE partners with the homeowners themselves and with other NGO’s and community development associations to achieve its goal. By building on their established knowledge and insight into the community and working at the grass roots level, HFHE has experienced tremendous results over recent years and expects the rapid growth to continue.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global non-governmental organization that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in the USA in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in dozens of countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than one million people with homes they helped build and which they have paid for with affordable, non-profit loans.