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CARTAGO, Costa Rica— The Cartago, Costa Rica, affiliate participated in the World Leaders Build by building six homes August 6-12. To achieve this, Habitat Costa Rica was supported by many teams and individuals from the U.S, Canada, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru, among others. Citibank, the Willow Creek Church and the Costa Rican Housing Ministry are also among the many supporters of the event. Participants in the world Leaders Build in Cartago have included the Ambassadors of Honduras and Colombia, the Commercial Attaché from the Bolivian Embassy and the Counselor of the Venezuelan Embassy. On Sunday, Aug.12, the six houses, measuring 52 square meters, were dedicated, thanks to the more than 2000 hours of labor provided by the partner families and volunteers. For more information see HFH Costa Rica .

  A Habitat house under construction in Costa Rica. (1989)


CHOLOMA, Honduras—President Carlos Flores of Honduras took part in the World Leaders Build on Friday, Aug. 10, laying block alongside other volunteers. Archbishop Angel Garachana of the San Pedro Sula diocese also participated in the event, saying mass and blessing the houses and their new owners. Nearly 1,500 volunteers participated in the event including high school and university students, churches, Habitat homeowners, a group of rehabilitated gang members, firemen, the Rotary Club and a battalion of infantrymen from the army.


  Habitat for Humanity Guyana kicked off its World Leaders Build on Sunday, Aug. 5, at Diamond, East Bank, Demerara. On hand for the event were Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Housing and Water Minister Shaik Baksh, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana Ronald Godard and other dignitaries and volunteers. Mr. Hinds also worked on the construction site on Wednesday, Aug. 8, and spoke at the closing ceremonies on Saturday. President Bharrat Jagdeo participated in the build later in the week. HFH Guyana built 11 houses in several locations for the World Leaders Build.


His Excellency Dr. Andr�s Pastrana Arango, president of the Republic of Colombia, presented Bibles and house keys to two families on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in a simple and symbolic ceremony in Quimbaya. The president participated in the construction of a third house, showing his support for the Habitat movement in Colombia. More than 40 volunteers from the Rotary Club of Quimbaya worked with the partner families for the World Leaders Build. Habitat for Humanity Colombia has built more than 360 houses to date.

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