Habitat for Humanity hosts first cross-Africa Citibank build
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – From May 22-29, volunteers from 11 Citigroup branches across Sub-Saharan Africa, Habitat for Humanity International and local communities will help build houses in Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia as part of a regional campaign aimed at alleviating the problem of inadequate housing throughout Africa and the Middle East.
Citigroup’s Sub-Saharan Africa region, through the Citigroup Foundation, has donated more than (U.S.) $295,000 to HFHI for house building projects across Sub-Saharan Africa over the last three years. For this year, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity staff, volunteers and communities, Citigroup staff will build more than 30 houses in various stages of construction.
More than 300 Citigroup staff across Sub-Saharan Africa volunteered for the project. Sebastian Paredes, Citigroup Sub-Saharan Africa division head, said, “We are proud to continue being part of the reconstruction and development process in these countries and we are pleased to assist deserving families who would not otherwise be able to afford a home of their own. A decent home is a basic human right for every individual and our partnership with Habitat for Humanity will help families achieve this right. We are also proud that 11 of our countries with local operations have participated in this regional initiative.”
The event will also commemorate the 30,000th house built in Africa and the Middle East on May 28 in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity International, the ministry will celebrate the collective spirit and commitment to move forward in the mission, by building the 30,001th house in Africa and the Middle East.
Mark Crozet, resource development & communications director, Habitat for Humanity Africa and Middle East said, “We are excited to bring Citibank and Habitat for Humanity together for one unified week to celebrate Citigroup’s ongoing commitment to providing decent housing across Africa. As I visit the communities in Africa where we have partnered in this spirit of service, I am struck by the impact that builds such as these have on the people. Citigroup’s commitment to making a difference in these communities adds value that goes far beyond the physical provision of a house. They are helping to build a home.”
Citigroup (NYSE: C), a global financial services company with some 200 million customer accounts in approximately 100 countries, provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, insurance, securities brokerage, and asset management. Major brand names under Citigroup’s trademark red umbrella include Citibank, CitiFinancial, Primerica, Smith Barney, Banamex, and Travelers Life and Annuity. Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com 
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. www.habitat.org