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Habitat for Humanity morns the death of Nelson Mandela

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.

Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome
and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great.

YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom”

Nelson Mandela
The former South African President

Habitat for Humanity International joins with our colleagues in South Africa and the global community in mourning the loss of the great world leader, Nelson Mandela. His impact on our work at Habitat for Humanity is beyond measure, and his efforts to eradicate poverty housing will have a lasting impact for generations to come. In 2000, President Mandela and other global leaders ratified the U.N. Millennium Declaration with the goal of eliminating poverty and thus improving lives around the world, including those of over 100 million people living in slums. Recognizing the challenges such conditions present, President Mandela tirelessly championed the Cities without Slums initiative and challenged governments to create paths for more inclusive, sustainable growth.

We hope that his legacy of peace, integrity and endurance lives on in all of us who work toward a world free of injustice and poverty.  We will honor that legacy as we continue to work with colleagues around the world to become the generation that lifts families out of poverty through improved shelter and stable communities.