August 5th, 2010
ACCRA (Aug.5, 2010) – Habitat for Humanity Ghana (HFHG) has been operational in the country for the last 24 years and is committed to providing affordable housing in Ghana on a sustainable basis.
“Habitat for Humanity Ghana’s mission is to work in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses, so that there are decent houses in decent communities. We are committed to this mission and are working towards a sustainable and strong foundation for growth,” says George Nzomo, National Director for HFHG.
Recent press reports have alleged that HFHG is in some way closing down its operations in the country, or putting it on hold.
“We are restructuring in order to scale up operations in the future,” Nzomo said. “Our commitment to the people of Ghana continues.”
In the difficult economic conditions of the last couple of years, HFHG has experienced challenges with repayment on loans given to partner homeowners. Late payments climbed to unsustainable levels due to several factors that are being actively addressed by the organization.
“We want to continue with the good work of Habitat for Humanity in Ghana and recognised the necessity to reassess our strategic plan. In line with Habitat for Humanity International’s goal to deepen our impact on families served in existing programs we have embarked on an in-depth strategic planning exercise with all stakeholders to ensure sustainable growth in the future,” says Nzomo.
Operations have been suspended in those affiliates where the existing operational model was not working adequately, but operations are continuing in various regions in partnership with major donors and other NGO partners. One of these regions is the Ashanti region.
“We are confident that these operations will serve as a springboard for growth in the future,” says Nzomo.
Habitat for Humanity Ghana has served more than 7,000 families in its more than two decades of being in operation.
The new three year strategic plan, operative from June 2010 to June 2013, will ensure that the organisation enhances operations to scale up through diversification and partnership to become a key player in affordable housing in Ghana.
Recent successes where other Habitat for Humanity programs in the Africa and Middle-East region diversified to models that focus on incremental building and other innovations will serve as benchmarks.
Collecting outstanding repayments will remain a part of the organisation’s business, but will not be the core and only business as stated in the press.
HFHG is thankful to all its stakeholders for their support over the years and assures them that the programme is intact and is being implemented in line with the new strategic plan which will ensure better growth and more families served in the future.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global non-governmental organization 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 .