November 4, 2010
Representatives from Latin American and Caribbean countries were present at a conference and gala event held near Habitat for Humanity’s regional headquarters in Costa Rica.
PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (November 4, 2010) — On Wednesday, November 3, Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean hosted its first annual Habitat Excellency Awards, recognizing the work of national organizations throughout the region. The event was held in Costa Rica, the site of the organization’s regional headquarters.
The gala dinner and awards ceremony, which took place in the Hotel Hilton DoubleTree in Puntarenas, aimed to encourage national Habitat organizations to achieve greater results in their different areas of operation and create a more positive impact on the issue of poverty housing, which currently affects some 190 million people in Latin America.
The award categories included: Greatest number of volunteers mobilized, Greatest growth in tithe contribution, Largest international volunteer team, Largest proposal approved, Greatest local fundraising, Greatest solidarity between countries, Best media campaign and Special humanitarian mission.
More than 60 guests from national Habitat for Humanity organizations in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay and Costa Rica were present.
In addition, Juan de Dios Rojas Cascante, General Manager of the Housing Mortgage Bank (BANHVI), Olman Vargas, President of the Federated College of Engineers and Architects (CIFA), and Habitat for Humanity Area Vice President, Torre Nelson were invited.
The awards marked the closing event of the Resource Development and Communications Conference, held from October 31 through November 3. Each national Habitat for Humanity organization discussed their specific fundraising experiences during the conference.
Prior to the event, Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Resource Development Director for Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean, expressed his hope that during the conference participants would rediscover the donor as one of the fundamental axis of Habitat’s mission, in order to achieve success before the immense housing need in Latin American and Caribbean countries. “In other words, we need to understand our donors’ needs, in order to provide them with appropriate services and motivate them to strengthen their relationship with Habitat and increase giving.”
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 habitat.org .