September 22, 2008
With the dedication of eight new homes across the island, Habitat for Humanity Trinidad & Tobago celebrates the first fruits of a US$1 million contribution from ICC Cricket World Cup sponsor Diageo towards projects impacting the lives of those suffering from inadequate shelter.
Children of the home partners cut the ribbon as Jennifer Massiah (HFHTT) looks on with Chanka Seeterram (HFHTT), William Bullard (Diageo) and Noel Da Costa (Diageo).
Habitat’s ultimate goal is to put shelter in the hearts and minds of people in such a powerful way, that poverty housing and homelessness become socially, politically and spiritually unacceptable in our nation and the world.
On March 16, 2007, dreams of home ownership became a reality when the mighty swing of a cricket bat sent hopes soaring high above the boundary ropes. Diageo, one of the proud sponsors of the ICC Cricket World Cup held in the West Indies, and the premier beverage company in the world, donated US$1 million to Habitat for Humanity Trinidad & Tobago for building projects that would impact the lives of those suffering from a lack of adequate shelter. This feat was made possible by money pledged to the batsman that could score maximum runs in an over. This ‘black swan’ event was achieved by Herschelle Gibbs, of South Africa, who joined an elite group of two by hitting ‘six sixes’ at Warner Park in St. Kitts against the Netherlands in a preliminary fixture.
The proceeds of this grant were shared with Habitat for Humanity in South Africa and Guyana. Proceeds were also given to Food for the Poor in Jamaica to assist in their program of poverty alleviation efforts.
The culmination of the construction portion of the Trinidad project was celebrated on September 22, 2008 with the dedication of eight houses to home partners across the island. These home partners represent families who are in dire need and who would not had any other opportunity for home ownership. Habitat applauds the efforts of Diageo for this gesture of hope that has not only transcended the ‘boundary’ of geography but also the many generations of lives that these gifts will touch.
Habitat for Humanity has successfully housed 279,000 families worldwide, since their first dedication in Trinidad in May, 1997 the local office has built 138 more housing solutions, with an additional 10 homes and an orphanage currently under construction. The local organization has directly impacted over 690 individuals through its housing initiatives and hundreds more via capacity building programs and building approval acquisition projects. Through Habitat’s donors, these projects continue to result in more simple and affordable housing units for families that need them.