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Habitat for Humanity Africa and the Middle East celebrate World Habitat Day

September 30th, 2010

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PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA: 30 September 2010 – The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October as annual World Habitat Day. This year World Habitat Day 2010 will be held on October the 4th.

The purpose of World Habitat Day is to call attention to the current global state of the human habitat and push toward adequate housing for all.

Habitat for Humanity International hopes that by raising awareness and advocating for universal decent housing we can dismantle and alter the systems that reinforce and entrench poverty housing. In doing so, we can make an affordable, decent place to live a reality for all.

World Habitat Day is a day for grassroots action and a day for people to be united in their efforts to eradicate poverty housing.

This year, the focus issues for World Habitat Day efforts are health and housing internationally and neighborhood revitalization in the United States.

In the Africa and the Middle East region events will focus on advocacy and education, raising awareness around the United Nation’s theme “Better City, Better Life” and Habitat for Humanity International’s question theme of “What will you Build?”

* In South Africa, Habitat for Humanity is starting with a five-house build on World Habitat Day in partnership with ArcelorMittal.

* HFH Lesotho will host a family-friendly day of service, community and fun that will include house painting, plastering, and gardening at eight completed Habitat homes for vulnerable families in Nazareth, 40 minutes outside of the capital city, to celebrate World Habitat Day 2010. Over 200 volunteers will participate.

* HFH Lebanon will have their National Director hosted on a one hour program on the radio highlighting World Habitat Day

* In Cameroon Habitat for Humanity will participate in a national radio and television debate on social housing policy with other housing organizations and partners. They will also host a build day on Saturday 2 October.

* Habitat for Humanity Zambia will participate with the Ministry of Local Government and Housing in a session on World Habitat Day. The minister will be the main speaker, while other speakers include UN Habitat, UNDP, Kitwe Mayor, the Canadian Ambassador to Zambia and HFH Zambia. Habitat for Humanity Zambia has been asked to make a speech which will focus on the theme “Better City, Better Life” asking local authorities to work in partnership with NGO’s in order to achieve better cities and improve the lives of urban inhabitants.

* Habitat for Humanity Ghana has adopted the Habitat for Humanity International’s question theme of “What will you build” to draw signatures in Ghana as a basis to engage the government in a dialogue on coming up with a finalized housing policy.

* Habitat for Humanity Malawi will participate alongside the Ministry of Lands and Urban Housing using UN Habitat’s theme of “Better City, Better Life”. The event takes place on Monday, 4 October in the Northern Region Karonga District

* Habitat for Humanity Jordan will incorporate the celebrations into a function surrounding a Global Village team visiting the Al Taybeh community in the north of Jordan from October 2nd to the 7th.

* Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia will celebrate the day with two Global Village teams in the two affiliates Jima and Debre Markos.

* Habitat for Humanity Senegal is participating in a conference along with UN Habitat.

* Habitat for Humanity Uganda is partnering with The Independent Publications Limited, a local but popular and widely read magazine in Uganda to publish an informative, educative pull-out highlighting the housing need in Uganda and the role played by key stakeholders in the provision of better housing.

* Internationally the 27th Carter Work Project will spearhead World Habitat Day events in six U.S. cities Oct. 3–8. Volunteers will join in building and rehabilitating houses with Habitat homeowner families, former President Carter and Mrs. Carter and other celebrities.

This year, the Carter Work Project will be held in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; and Birmingham, Alabama.

For more information read on our website about World Habitat Day and the Photo Wall.

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 1976, Habitat has built, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org.