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Habitat for Humanity and The Home Depot Mexico partner to help rebuild Haiti

February 8, 2010

MEXICO CITY - The Home Depot in Mexico will make an initial donation of US$30,000 to Habitat for Humanity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Meanwhile, the company has also launched a fundraising program for its 9,000 associates in Mexico. When the fundraising is completed, The Home Depot has committed to double these resources, to be channeled to Habitat for Humanity’s earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti.

In addition, US$100,000 will be donated to the Red Cross by U.S. Home Depot and The Home Depot Foundation, as well as another US$50,000 donation from The Home Depot Canada Foundation.

All funds donated to Habitat for Humanity for the reconstruction of Haiti will support the multiyear response proposed by the organization. This response includes:

  • Immediate emergency response, including the distribution of emergency shelter kits and the restoration of national office operations in Haiti.
  • Rehabilitation and clean-up, mobilizing people to remove debris and identify materials that could be recycled into new homes.
  • Reconstruction and post-disaster recovery, including home repairs and a transitional housing model that provides a foundation for further expansion. This final phase also includes the development of additional Habitat Resource Centers, which boost local production chains, technical support and employment options.

“Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean is mobilizing all available resources for the construction of shelter and the rehabilitation of homes, as well as to provide permanent housing solutions for families affected by the earthquake in Haiti,” says Torre Nelson, Vice-president of Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean. “The contribution from The Home Depot is very valuable right now.”

“The Home Depot is committed to helping the community. We are confident that our contributions by associations, companies, suppliers and foundations will improve the conditions being experienced by Haiti, after the unfortunate accident” said Ricardo Saldivar, CEO and President of The Home Depot Mexico.

About Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean
Habitat for Humanity first opened its doors in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in 1979, and has since helped more than 100,000 low-income families to access adequate housing in the region. Headquartered in San Jose, Costa Rica, the Latin America/Caribbean regional office coordinates the efforts of 18 national organizations throughout Latin America, as well as unique partnerships in Peru and the Caribbean. For more information, visit www.habitatlatino.org.

About The Home Depot Mexico
The Home Depot came to Mexico in 2001 and currently has 79 stores in 47 cities in 28 states, which are visited by 40 million people each year. More than 9 thousand people work in this organization that strives to be professional to inspire confidence to those who build, remodel or decorate under the concept “Do it yourself,” as well as industry professionals. It has annual revenues in excess of one billion dollars and is distinguished by its community commitment, which enabled it to obtain certification as a Socially Responsible Business and Inclusive Enterprise.