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President of Macedonia volunteers with Habitat at the build site in Veles

September 15, 2009

VELES, MACEDONIA (September, 2009)–On September 11th, 2009, President of the Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, volunteered at Habitat for Humanity’s new build in the town of Veles, in central Macedonia, to express his support for the organization’s cause of eradicating poverty housing throughout the world.

At the site, Macedonian President was accompanied by the mayor of Veles, Goran Petrov, as well as members of the board of director of Habitat for Humanity Macedonia. All of them worked alongside the first group of low-income families selected as Habitat partners in Veles. They joined forces to symbolically lay bricks for the first 24 Habitat homes currently under construction.

Habitat’s new builds program in Veles aims to complete a settlement with 90 homes in 11 separate buildings, totaling 4700 square meters. This project was officially launched last October, when members of Habitat’s international board of directors, headed by the organization’s chief executive officer Jonathan Reckford, gathered in Veles to lay the foundations of the new neighborhood.

So far, nine volunteer teams have worked on the build site in Veles, among them a group of employees from Whirlpool, a long-term Habitat supporter and partner.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian non-profit organisation dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built and renovated more than 350,000 homes worldwide. In Europe and Central Asia, Habitat works in 20 countries with partners, donors and volunteers from the region. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitateurope.org.