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Habitat for Humanity volunteers will repair homes in Brazil, prior to the World Cup

San José, Costa Rica (March 20, 2014) — On March 22-29, a group of Habitat for Humanity volunteers from different Latin American countries, the Caribbean and the United States will gather in Recife, Brazil, to not only play soccer, but to build hope.

These volunteers will work with 4 families in the community of Bomba do Emeterio, where most households are headed by women. After repairing and rebuilding their homes, the volunteers will engage with local children in soccer games and clinics.

“Around the world, soccer is a universal language. It crosses borders, brings together cultures and promotes teamwork. In our mission to provide adequate housing for all, teamwork is equally important and this event will be a good example of that”, said Steve Little, Public Awareness Director, for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Habitat for Humanity’s “World Team” is made up of volunteers from Colombia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Paraguay and the United States, among them:

Víctor Cordero, former captain of Deportivo Saprissa, one of the top soccer teams in Costa Rica. He currently works with the club’s minor leagues.
Arnoldo Iguarán, the top scorer of the Colombian national team in its history. Although now retired, he has been one of the main figures in the Millonarios of Bogotá soccer team.
Jevon Rodríguez, Youth Coach of the Fruta Conquerors Football Club in Guyana and Foreign Service Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Maria Yodamia Rojas, member of the Women’s Soccer Team at Vision Bank, Paraguay, where she has worked for 19 years. They were champions of the Interbank Copa Libertadores in 2011.

Follow Habitat’s World Team on Facebook:!/habitatparalahumanidad

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 housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people (750,000 in Latin America and the Caribbean) construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976.