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Habitat for Humanity India marks 25 years of building


10,000 homes built and repaired in India since 1983

KHAMMAM/MUMBAI (Dec. 5 2008) — Habitat for Humanity International today marked 25 years of providing safe, decent and affordable housing to India’s families in need. The organization built its first house in its Asia Pacific region in Khammam as part of a 16-house project. Since then, Habitat for Humanity India has built and repaired homes in partnership with 25,000 families.

“Every 21 minutes an Indian, Asian or Pacific family has a better home and therefore the chance to break out of a life of poverty, thanks to the work of Habitat for Humanity, its volunteers and partners,” said Felix Fernandez, chief executive of Habitat for Humanity India. “Today, we are planning to say a special ‘thank you’ to the many people who have helped us here in India over the years.”

Since its first project in Khammam, Habitat for Humanity has built and rehabilitated approximately 72,000 homes and served an estimated 360,000 people around its Asia Pacific region. Every year thousands of other families in need are helped with repairs and financial and technical assistance.

Over the years, Habitat has worked in 16 states across India, through volunteer-run local affiliates and through Habitat Resource Centers. Resource centers are designed to leverage the organization’s expertise and experience in construction-related project and management, building-material production facilities and volunteer mobilization. Habitat for Humanity India operates offices and resource centers in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.