May 4, 2011
The contracts pave the way for the families to move into their new-constructed homes in Veles.
Veles/Bratislava (April, 2011) – Habitat for Humanity Macedonia and its partner families signed formal contracts to enroll into the program for building new houses in Veles, central Macedonia. These agreements pave the way for the selected low-income families to move into the homes that will soon be completed by Habitat.
Habitat’s area vice-president for Europe and Central Asia, Don Haszczyn, US ambassador to Macedonia Phillip Reeker with his wife, a team of US volunteers, and mayor of Veles Goran Petrov attended the ceremony.
After the formal part, the partner families, volunteer teams and the US ambassador and his wife worked at the building site. Tradition of volunteering lies at the heart of Habitat’s model for building safe, decent, and affordable homes.
Habitat for Humanity began construction on an entire housing complex in Veles in October 2009. At that time, Habitat’s international board of directors, headed by the organization’s chief executive officer Jonathan Reckford, gathered in Veles to lay the foundations of the new neighborhood. The project plans to provide 11 housing units with 90 apartments.
Today, four buildings are in the final stages of construction. They will house 24 families in apartments between 50 and 75 square meters. The partner families took an active part in the construction of their own homes alongside over 500 volunteers from the US, Canada, Europe, and Macedonia. The construction process is supported by individuals, associations, and companies from North American, Europe and Macedonia.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built and renovated more than 400,000 homes worldwide. In Europe and Central Asia, Habitat works in 22 countries with partners, donors and volunteers from the region. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitateurope.org