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Habitat for Humanity Ghana celebrates its 20th anniversary, and commemorates more than 5,000 homes built

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The proud homeowners of the 5,000th house, the Kwarteny family, are pictured with Matthew Maury, AVP for Habitat for Humanity Africa and the Middle East.

 

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Chief Nana (center) and the queen mother attended the ceremony.

 

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A banner announces the 20th anniversary celebration.

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 event was attended by young and old from neighboring villages. As everyone gathered around for the event, a brass band started playing — its happy sounds echoing into the distance. One of the many people crowding around, an elderly woman was saying, “Habitat is celebrating its 20th birthday. Can you believe it? They have built houses around Ghana for the past 20 years and they are still going strong!”

The event was graced by the presence of the chief of Nkwantakese, Nana Boakye Yaw, accompanied by Nana Akua Afriyie, the queen mother. Amongst the dignitaries in attendance were a representative of the Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing as well as Habitat for Humanity Africa and Middle East (A/ME) area vice president, Matthew Maury and A/ME regional director for West Central and Island Africa, Lisa Ellis. Speaker after speaker highlighted the importance of communities working together to realize their dreams: “It’s encouraging to see communities coming together the way they have in the past years but the biggest challenge we face is homeowners who are refusing to pay their mortgages which makes it impossible for others to get houses as well,” said Emmanuel Kwaa, national director for Habitat for Humanity Ghana.

Habitat for Humanity’s success in Ghana speaks for itself with 65 active affiliates across the nine regions of the country, building up to 500 houses per year. “The local chiefs and people of the area make it all possible by donating land at a token for the housing projects,” said Raphael Bokumah, HFHG resource development and communications manager. The ceremony was rounded out by the 5,000th house dedication at the Kwarteny household. Comfort Kakani and her husband, the proud homeowners, could not contain their excitement as Chief Nana made his way into their living room. “It is indeed an honor to have the chief come into our house. This house is the best gift we have ever received and we promise that we will take good care of it together with the commemorative plaque outside this house,” said Comfort.