Habitat for Humanity Europe/Central Asia dedicated 1,000th home in Dublin
The dedication of four homes in Dublin, Ireland, on March 24, 2006 also marked the 1,000th home completed by Habitat for Humanity throughout the Europe/Central Asia region. Four local families will move from their current substandard accommodation to their new homes in the coming weeks.
The homeowner families will move into their new homes within the next few weeks.
Homeowner Jackie O’Donnell with her two daughters
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Catherine Byrne, dedicated the homes in Ballymun, Dublin.
“When people reach out a hand to support or help others they make a real difference to the quality of life in our city.
I want to thank everyone involved in this marvelous project, and especially all those involved who gave so generously of themselves during this build and who have succeeded in building not only homes, but also communities” said Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councilor Catherine Byrne.
The four homes were constructed over the past year on a piece of land where antisocial behaviour was disrupting the lives of neighbouring householders.
Habitat for Humanity built the homes in partnership with the local community, local government, corporate sponsors, volunteers and the future homeowners. Each partner family invested well in excess of the required 500 labour hours into the building of their homes and those of their neighbours. They participated in all aspects of the build – learning new skills, and building friendships with their new neighbours.
“I had a great time building the houses and meeting all the volunteers. When we are settled in our new home I hope to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and share my experiences and what Habitat has meant to my children and myself with other potential homeowners. The opportunities it has afforded me personally are immeasurable. Thank you so much to all at Habitat for Humanity Ireland,” said Caroline Carroll-Boyd, one of the four homeowners.
Though Habitat for Humanity has been building with families in need since 1976, Europe/Central Asia was the last region to see the establishment of local Habitat organizations. Today, Habitat works in 19 countries in Europe and Central Asia, and our work with families in need spans Dublin in the west to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, some 6,000 km away.
“This is an important milestone for our region—a thousand families helped out of poverty housing, and many more lives changed by their involvement with Habitat,” said Don Haszczyn, Area Vice President of Habitat’s Europe and Central Asia region.
“But as we celebrate we must not forget millions of others still trapped in poverty and substandard conditions. Everyone deserves a decent shelter. Habitat will continue to build and advocate for people to whom this basic human right has been denied.”
The dedication ceremony was followed by a reception and photo exhibition in the Axis Arts Centre to celebrate the fact that Habitat for Humanity has completed 1,000 homes in the Europe/Central Asia region. The photographs show examples of both poverty housing and new Habitat housing from throughout the region, as well as a photo diary of the Ballymun build.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity Ireland, you can visit the website at www.habitatireland.ie or contact: Colm Dolan, Habitat for Humanity Ireland, 01-6299651/087-2245369.
About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a nondenominational Christian charity dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. It has built more than 200,000 houses; more than one million people are living in Habitat homes they helped build and own through low-cost, no-profit mortgages. We have positively affected lives in 100 countries around the globe. Habitat’s Europe & Central Asia regional headquarters are in Budapest, Hungary. The ECA region is actively fundraising, building and renovating homes with families in need.