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Habitat for Humanity Egypt dedicates its 10,000th house

On March 27, 2008, Habitat for Humanity Africa and the Middle East and Habitat for Humanity Egypt (HFHE) celebrated two exciting milestones: the completion of the 50,000th house in the region and the dedication of the 10,000th house in Egypt. The event took place in El Minya, Egypt, and was attended by Habitat for Humanity staff and partners, as well as community leaders, partner families and government officials, including the Minya governor.

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Homeowner Safwat Moawad in front of his new home.

 

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Matthew Maury, AME Area Vice President, holding a commemorative plaque.

The day began with a house dedication in El Amoudeen, where homeowner Safwat Moawad and his family were welcomed into their new home. Prior to living in his new house, Safwat Moawad lived with his wife and three young daughters in a mud house, with a worn roof that proved insufficient in protecting the family from both the cold of winter and the scorching heat of summer. The old construction also lacked privacy, as all of the family members shared a room, and the run-down bathroom was missing a door.

With their new Habitat for Humanity house, the family members will be able to enjoy more privacy, as well as a cleaner, safer environment. Moawad expressed his gratitude for HFHE and touched on the importance of HFHE’s work in the country, saying “we couldn’t do any of this without Habitat for Humanity Egypt.”

The house dedication was followed with a celebration at the Itsa Center in El Minya. Several people addressed the crowd in recognition of HFHE’s inspirational achievement. Among the speakers were General Foad Saa’d El Deen, the governor of Minya; Yousry Makar, the national director of HFHE; John Stack, a member of Habitat for Humanity International’s board of directors; and Dr. Nabil Abadir, the director general of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS).

Each speaker highlighted a variety of subjects, including the positive impact HFHE has had in the country, and the valuable partnerships that HFHE has forged with local municipalities and community-based organizations.

Since its inception in 1989, HFHE has taken an innovative approach toward eliminating poverty housing in the country. HFHE has utilized a grassroots, collaborative approach that has helped provide decent housing for thousands of families living throughout 15 communities. The program hopes to continue its work, and has set the goal of serving 400,000 families by 2023. Though the goal might seem ambitious, HFHE staff, partnering organizations and community members have so far proven their commitment to realizing it.