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National Office and Area Office Updates - Africa/Middle East

Building Together a Sustainable Tomorrow – Habitat for Humanity Leadership Conference 2010
The Conference theme was “Building Together for a Sustainable Tomorrow.”

Leadership conference fosters creative solutions and full-scale growth
Habitat for Humanity Africa/Middle East hosted its annual finance and leadership conference 22 September to 2 October in Benoni, South Africa, focusing on the theme “Leading Change and Achieving Scale.”

Pilot Projects Will Impact Shelter Needs of Children Orphaned by AIDS in Uganda, Zambia and Mozambique
Habitat for Humanity is working to provide shelter for children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in a joint project with Opportunity International.

New Habitat CEO visits Africa and the Middle East
Jonathan Reckford, the new CEO for Habitat for Humanity International visited Ghana, South Africa, and Egypt in January as part of his introduction to our work in Africa and the Middle East.

Housing and Sustainable Income for Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Although HIV/AIDS has reached every part of the world, sub-Saharan Africa is the hardest hit. Today, there are already 12 million children orphaned by AIDS.


Returning refugees rebuild their lives
A country ravaged by the devastating effects of war, Burundi is still very much in mourning. With an estimated 300,000 people who lost their lives and more than a million refugees or internally displaced people, a significant amount still needs to be done to bring healing to the nation.

Casualties of Ethnic Violence
Her name is Theresa Kanyonga. She is 15 years old, beautiful, soft-spoken and very sad. Six years ago, she lived with her mother, father and younger brother in a roomy, adobe-brick house set in the lush, rich hills of Burundi, East Africa. She attended school and church.

Partnerships Provide Hope and Shelter for Displaced Families
In the mid-1990s, the small central African country of Burundi erupted in ethnic violence that killed some 300,000 people.


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.

HFH Egypt Celebrates Completion of 6,000 Houses
In April, 2005, HFH Egypt celebrated the completion of 6,000 new and renovated houses, impacting the lives of as many as 24,000 people.


Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia receives an award for its work with leprosy patients
On May 18, 2008, Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia (HFHE) was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Ethiopian National Association of People Affected by Leprosy.


Interview with National Director of Habitat for Humanity Ghana
Meet the new National Director of Habitat for Humanity Ghana, George Nzomo.

Growth through partnership with microfinance institutions in Ghana
Habitat for Humanity Ghana has been intervening in poverty shelter issues for more than 20 years and has gathered substantial homebuilding experience after building more than 5,600 houses.

Habitat for Humanity Ghana celebrates its 20th anniversary, and commemorates more than 5,000 homes built
Habitat for Humanity Ghana (HFHG) celebrated its 20th anniversary and 5,000th house dedication with a durbar-style dedication ceremony at the Nkwantakese affiliate on Sept. 29.

The birth of a community
Mowire, a small village near Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana is reborn.


More than 160 displaced families housed in Kenya
It is now one year since Habitat for Humanity Kenya launched a free housing project in Maai Mahiu to help house 335 families displaced as a result of the post election violence that rocked many parts of Kenya in 2007/2008 with Central and Rift valley provinces been the worst hit areas.

Habitat for Humanity Kenya Shines at its Silver Celebration:
For Habitat for Humanity Kenya (HFHK), November 23 brought with it various reasons for celebration. The joyous day marked HFHK’s 25th anniversary, which it commemorated in Bomet District.


A symbol of peace in a post-war country
Four-year-old Reine Asaad’s father was killed during the fighting which ensued between Christians and Muslims in the villages of southern Lebanon in the early 1980s.

Habitat for Humanity exceeds goals in Lebanon’s disaster reconstruction program
One year following the 2006 July War in Lebanon that destroyed and damaged thousands of homes in the southern part of the country.

Lebanon Story
“You wouldn’t believe the destruction we saw when we first visited Siddiquin” states Habitat National Director Dani El Tayar. “It was terrible.

Rebuilding Lebanon
For 34 days from the end of July to August, fighting between the Israeli Defense Force and the Hezbollah political group visited an enormous amount of destruction to the infrastructure and homes of southern Lebanon, Beirut and parts of the Bekaa Valley.

Active Programs – Lebanon
The July War of 2006 in Lebanon destroyed vital infrastructure and leveled buildings throughout the country, especially in the southern suburbs of Beirut, the Bekaa Valley and southern Lebanon.


Inheritance rights training in Lesotho reaches thousands
In a short period of just six months, from July through December 2009, HFH Lesotho directly reached 25,376 people in Lesotho with valuable inheritance rights information.

Redefining a hillside community in Lesotho
Since 2002, 143 families have moved into Habitat houses at Khubelu, a hillside community near Lesotho’s capital of Maseru. As soon as the first families began moving into these houses, the changes to the area were dramatic.


250 Families Call Area 49 “Home”
Together with community members and homeowners, Habitat for Humanity Malawi completed building 250 homes in Lilongwe’s Area 49 in December, helping secure simple, decent housing for over 700 people previously living in the city’s Mgona, Mtsiriza, and Ntadile slums.


A $2 million boost for orphans and vulnerable children
Habitat for Humanity Mozambique was awarded a nearly $2 million grant by USAID to help provide shelter and support for children left orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.


Habitat for Humanity Madagascar improves their online presence
Habitat for Humanity Madagascar is proud to present to all its supporters its new website and Facebook page.


Habitat for Humanity Nigeria and MTN – Working Together to Eliminate Poverty Housing
Given that Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa, with many people quickly moving into urban areas, it comes as no surprise that nearly 15 million people there are in need of improved housing.

South Africa

Youth build together in South Africa to effect lasting change
From 6 to 12 June about 1 800 young boys and girls built 24 houses in three provinces Mfuleni, Orange Farm and Umgababa.

Habitat for Humanity South Africa plans Women Build
From 2 to 6 August 2010, 3375 volunteers will spend their days mixing cement, clearing rubble, carrying water and laying line after line of cement blocks – forming part of the biggest Women Build Habitat for Humanity South Africa has ever hosted.

No Room, at the Station
We know that by participating in a Habitat for Humanity build, we have the opportunity to reach out and touch people in a way that would not otherwise be possible.

Desmond Tutu Community Build
Nobel Peace Prize recipient Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited a Habitat for Humanity build site in the Mfuleni community near Cape Town, South Africa, on 30th May 2007.

Shelter for the Orphans
Shara was a volunteer from the Christ Church Lutheran, based in Phoenix Arizona, part of a 15 strong global Thrivent partnership Global Village church group which included 2 pastors, Roger Ellis and Arnie Frank.

Building a Community…
When families build their own homes with the help of local and international volunteers, they gain a stake in their community before they even move in.

South Africa, January 13-16, 2006
Ghana and South Africa are both in sub-Saharan Africa. But they seem worlds apart.


Update on Uganda’s OVC program
Habitat for Humanity Uganda trained 147 youth in the first half of FY10 covering topics such as growth/youth development, youth challenges and problems faced by adolescents.