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Habitat for Humanity recognizes World Humanitarian Day in support of global efforts to address humanitarian needs, including housing

ATLANTA (Aug. 19, 2010) – Habitat for Humanity joins the United Nations and the international community today to recognize World Humanitarian Day and honor humanitarian workers around the world who are committed to ending poverty and suffering.

The U.N. General Assembly in December 2008 determined that World Humanitarian Day should be marked on August 19 every year to increase awareness of humanitarian assistance activities worldwide, as well as to honor associated personnel, many of whom have served during difficult situations.

“Habitat marks World Humanitarian Day by recognizing the selfless work of so many around the world who demonstrate a commitment and dedication to those in need,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “Every day, I am moved by the compassionate spirit of our staff, our partners and other collaborative organizations dedicated to influence positive and lasting change.”

Through its programs in nearly 90 countries around the world, Habitat has provided more than 1.75 million people in 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Habitat recognizes that with the hard work and dedication of its worldwide staff—serving on both national and international assignments—more than 350,000 families have been helped with better housing conditions.

More than 50,000 of these families have been affected by natural disasters, war or civil unrest and have been helped with shelter and housing solutions though Habitat’s Disaster Response program. Families left homeless by these events often face dire housing situations as they struggle to rebuild their lives.

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, rehabilitated, repaired or improved more than 350,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.75 million people. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitat.org.