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ArcelorMittal builds with Habitat for Humanity in Mexico

June 20, 2011

Bratislava (June 19, 2011) – The world’s biggest steelmaking company, ArcelorMittal, is sending more volunteers to work on house-building projects with Habitat for Humanity, an international housing NGO, in different parts of the globe. This week, the volunteers came to build homes for families in need of simple and decent shelter in Gaunajuto, Mexico.

The ArcelorMittal team consists of 12 international and five local employees. International volunteers travelled to the building site from five countries: Argentina, Brazil, USA, Spain, Morocco and Romania. They will work on mixing mortar for the floor, laying bricks, cutting rebar to building homes and finishing interior decorations. Future homeowners will work alongside the volunteers.

Land for the construction was donated by relatives of the families. However, no one of them had financial means to start building homes. With the help of ArcelorMittal and Habitat, they will soon have their new simple and decent home. By the end of the working week, the families will get the keys to the new homes.

“ArcelorMittal and Habitat for Humanity have been working together since 2008. The Solidarity holidays that we are organizing with Habitat is a great opportunity for our employees to spend time in a foreign country, learn about different culture, while working a s volunteer in a project to benefit our communities”, said Nathalie Rehaen, ArcelorMittal Foundation’s project manager Americas.

The world’s top steelmaker has teamed up with Habitat to build and renovate hundreds of homes as well as to create a groundbreaking steel-framed model of a durable, safe and affordable home. The first examples of this partnership were unveiled last year in Moinesti, Romania, where 12 families moved into their new homes built from steel frames.

Over the last three years, the ArcelorMittal Foundation has helped Habitat to support over 700 families. ArcelorMittal employees were involved in volunteering at the Habitat build sites in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In addition building and renovating, the ArcelorMittal Foundation has generously supported Habitat’s reconstruction efforts in Haiti. To date, steel donated by ArcelorMittal has been used in 310 transitional shelters. There are plans to build a further 1,900 units.

About ArcelorMittal
ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel company, with operations in more than 60 countries. ArcelorMittal is the leader in all major global steel markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with leading R&D and technology, as well as sizeable captive supplies of raw materials and outstanding distribution networks. The ArcelorMittal Foundation acts as a philanthropic arm of the company. Find out more at www.arcelormittal.com

About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built and renovated more than 400,000 homes worldwide. In Europe and Central Asia, Habitat works in 22 countries with partners, donors and volunteers from the region. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitateurope.org