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Habitat for Humanity launches web game as poverty housing education tool

September 28, 2006

BUDAPEST (European HQ, Sept. 28) – Poverty housing hits the international agenda Oct. 2 with the United Nations’ “World Habitat Day”, and Habitat for Humanity joins the activities by launching an educational web game.

The “Build Me a Home” web game is being introduced to primary and secondary schools across Europe and Central Asia on October 2nd, to coincide with “World Habitat Day”, which calls attention to Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, establishing adequate housing as a basic human right. International housing charity Habitat for Humanity has been at work for 30 years building homes together with more than 1 million people worldwide.

“With 2 billion people worldwide living in poverty housing, we need innovative advocacy to bring awareness to the problem. As gaming is becoming an increasingly significant media among today’s youth, we’re urging educators to use this game as a tool to engage their students in words and action to effect positive change,” says Don Haszczyn, Area Vice President of Habitat for Humanity’s Europe and Central Asia Office.

Poverty housing is linked to poor health, creates obstacles to education, and engenders low self esteem. In Kyrgyzstan, less than 20% of the rural population has access to indoor running water. In Russia, 2 million people live in officially condemned housing. In Armenia, nearly every building is considered below earthquake safety requirements.

The Habitat game brings a new voice to the growing international “Games for Change” movement, where hundreds of games developers, social change organizations and academics are turning to the emerging power of digital games for the public good.

“We’re delighted that Habitat for Humanity over in Europe has gotten on board,” said Co-Director Benjamin Stokes from the New York office of Games for Change. “By using a game as an advocacy tool, Habitat can reach an audience that may not otherwise be engaged with poverty housing.”

The web game can be played at:
http://www.habitateurope.org/game

With common goals of eliminating poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity and UN-Habitat signed a partnership in 2004:
http://www.habitat.org/newsroom/2004archive/insitedoc007397.aspx

Habitat for Humanity International is an accredited organization affiliated with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat):
http://hq.unhabitat.org/ngo/profiles_accredited.asp?q=8

Contact: Tricia Deering, Habitat for Humanity, Europe & Central Asia +361-411-2170; tdeering@habitat.org

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. Habitat for Humanity Armenia has been working with families in need since 2000, and provided homes for more than 1,000 people.
www.habitateurope.org