Habitat for Humanity drives to work for stronger communities through adequate and affordable housing in World Habitat Day 2013
SAN JOSE (October 7) - This year’s World Habitat Day is celebrated on Monday, October 7. In recognition of the celebration, Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean had a series of activities in different countries to meet the need of adequate housing worldwide.
Habitat for Humanity International joins the day designated by the United Nations in recognition of the basic need for adequate shelter worldwide. Currently, 1.6 billion people worldwide live in inadequate housing. According to the UN, there is a deficit in the region of 28 million quantitative units and 26 million qualitative deficit with an increasing trend.
That’s why around the world, national offices of the Habitat network will celebrate World Habitat Day with a ” Door Parade” in different parts of major cities, which have been decorated by volunteers to raise awareness of the need for adequate, safe and affordable housing. Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Bolivia and Brazil are part of the Latin American countries that will be part of this initiative.
Other countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Argentina, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago join the celebrations with other activities like apartment buildings, forums, visits to schools and cultural activities. Many of these offices need volunteers for these and other future activities, for more information to join the Habitat volunteer force or about other activities, visit our regional facebook profile
You can check for more information in all of our social networks. Follow step by step everything happening in the different countries of our region visiting www.twitter.com/habitatlac.
Habitat activities began with World Prayer Day on Sunday October 6, reaching the hearts and minds of people around the world and showing that poverty housing is unacceptable. Adequate housing is a prerequisite for breaking the cycle of poverty.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 3 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit habitat.org.