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African icon and patron celebrates 85th birthday

April 20, 2011


Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, building in 2003 at the first Kenneth Kaunda Work Project. Picture: Kim MacDonald, Habitat for Humanity International.

Lusaka, Zambia
. – Zambia’s first Republican President, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, will celebrate his 85th birthday on the 28th of April this year.

Dr. Kaunda has been a loyal supporter of Habitat for Humanity’s work in Zambia for almost a decade. The inaugural Kenneth Kaunda Work Project was held in 2003, after Dr. Kaunda was inspired by his experience at the Jimmy Carter Work Project in Durban the previous year.

This week-long event from October 6-10 highlighted the critical work of Habitat for Humanity International, by constructing decent, affordable houses with 20 families in Lusaka, Zambia. Hundreds of volunteers from diverse backgrounds came together and joined this ambitious effort to eradicate poverty housing in Zambia.

The second Kenneth Kaunda Work Project built 28 homes in 2004 in the Community of the Elephant in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria.

Dr. Kaunda has given his support to many initiatives in Zambia over the past couple of years, acting as an ambassador for the 2010 Women Build and often hosting international visitors when they come to build in partnership with homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity wishes him a Happy Birthday and many healthy, happy years to come.