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Inaugural Kenneth Kaunda Work Project Will Be Held in Zambia

Habitat for Humanity Zambia Hosts the First Kenneth Kaunda Work Project 2003

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA, April 14, 2003–Responding to his experience at Habitat for Humanity International’s Jimmy Carter Work Project (JCWP) 2002 in Durban, South Africa, volunteer Stuart Wilson exclaimed, “This is going to be an example for the rest of Africa. I can’t wait to see another 10,000 projects roll out with passion and enthusiasm.” Almost one year later, Habitat for Humanity Africa/Middle East is already seeing this vision unfolding.

Inspired by his experience at the JCWP in Durban, first Zambian President Dr. Kenneth Kaunda returned home in June 2002, determined to instigate a similar attack on poverty housing in Zambia. Based upon the same foundation of community spirit, the Kenneth Kaunda Work Project (KKWP) 2003 was born. This week-long event from October 6-10, 2003, will highlight the critical work of Habitat for Humanity International, by constructing decent, affordable houses with 20 families in Lusaka, Zambia. Hundreds of volunteers from diverse backgrounds will come together and join this ambitious effort to eradicate poverty housing in Zambia.

Harry Goodall, Vice-President of HFH Africa & the Middle East stated, “This year we celebrate the first KKWP in Zambia. We are excited, however, to see this project travel to different African countries in the years to come. The KKWP is more than an ambitious initiative amongst our Zambian partners; it is an expression of the common spirit of ‘ubuntu’ (community), which threads its way through African cultures. The KKWP 2003 marks the birth of a new tradition throughout Africa and the Middle East. Because we are building upon universal building blocks of hope, we trust that this tradition will grow from strength to strength.”

Lusaka is the second city in a seven cities project to partner with Habitat for Humanity Africa & Middle East’s new Urban Initiative Department. This initiative breaks away from the traditional affiliate model, whereby Habitat for Humanity builds with families on their existing land in predominantly rural areas. Now Habitat for Humanity is redirecting low-cost housing patterns, by purchasing land in urban centers and creating ‘intentional communities’. As the future residents of the first urban project in Lusaka, Zambia sweat, save and learn together, something extraordinary will take place: a community will emerge. This community will challenge the notion that the poor are solely entitled to the abandoned and marginalized areas of society. The KKWP 2003 will celebrate the heart of Habitat for Humanity’s global mission, as we find new ways of providing hope and opportunity with the poor.

If you would like to volunteer contact Mutinta at mutintam@zamnet.zm. If you live in the United States and you would like to donate or know more about the KKWP contact Toni Lyerly at tlyerly@nc.rr.com. If you are outside the USA contact Kamiza Chikula at Kamiza@zamnet.zm. Visit the HFH Zambia website at http://www.habitatzam.org.za/.