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Mexican Youth, Habitat for Humanity and SC Johnson to Aid Poverty Stricken Families in Guanajuato, Mexico

Mexican Youth, Habitat for Humanity and SC Johnson to Aid Poverty Stricken Families in Guanajuato, Mexico

MEXICO CITY, April 10, 2003—From April 13 to 20, 45 young volunteers from different parts of Mexico and all walks of life will unite in the community of Cerritos, in the state of Guanajuato, to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s first-ever Mexican youth blitz build. Entitled the “SC Johnson Challenge: Youth Building More Than Houses,” youth will help three low-income families build their brick and concrete homes in one week.

This is the first time that SC Johnson, a leading consumer products manufacturer, has worked together with Habitat for Humanity on an international level. The two organizations will make this an annual event to take place in different countries where both Habitat and SC Johnson operate.

Habitat for Humanity’s Youth and Students Programs integrates students and young people in community service and volunteer work. The department seeks to utilize the energy, creativity and enthusiasm of youth around the world and provide them with a chance to get involved in their communities. Habitat for Humanity believes that this positive interaction helps youth become productive and responsible leaders, and gives them a window to develop their skills and commitment to society.

The partnership between SC Johnson and Habitat for Humanity will educate young Mexicans about the needs of people living in inadequate conditions throughout their country. During the Challenge, participants will also take part in activities designed to help them build community development skills they can adapt to their own communities.

Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 87 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. More than 45,000 of those houses have been built in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 1987, Habitat for Humanity Mexico has been working to ensure that all Mexicans live in decent conditions. Please visit http://www.habitat.org/ or http://www.habitatlatino.org/.

For more information, contact:

Sabina Trigueros

Communications Coordinator

Habitat for Humanity Mexico

52 55 5703 0986

sabinatrigueros@habitatmexico.org