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Coming home: March 2010 -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Coming home: March 2010



Home work

Seven-year-old Dania stands in the main room of her family’s home in the coastal city of Tripoli, Lebanon. She and her 6-year-old sister, Fatme, are good students, says her father Zakariya Arroub. They just can’t forget and leave their French or math homework on the kitchen table.

The roof in that room leaks whenever it rains, he explains, and ruins their books and papers. And so the girls must join their parents and their 11-month-old brother, Mustafa, in the other room to do their school assignments, an arrangement that their mother, Nevine, says definitely affects their ability to concentrate.

Zakariya, a butcher by trade, is now repairing the badly decayed roof using a housing microfinance loan obtained through Habitat Lebanon. “All of my work goes toward educating them,” he says of his three children. “Habitat has been helping me a great deal.”