Dr. Kenneth Kaunda to help build 25 houses during 2004 work project
MAMELODI, Pretoria, South Africa (Nov. 5, 2004) – On Nov. 22, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, former president of Zambia, will join 2,500 Habitat for Humanity volunteers to help build 25 houses for families in need. The event, the second annual Kenneth Kaunda Work Project, will be in the Community of Our Elephant in Mamelodi.
“In 2002, I had the fortune of joining Habitat for Humanity founder, Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda, and former United States President Jimmy Carter at the Jimmy Carter Work Project that was held in Durban,” said Kaunda. “I felt very privileged to be part of this group of volunteers that united to make a difference and give an opportunity to 100 families in need of simple, decent and affordable housing.”
Kaunda was so inspired by the work in Durban that he returned to Zambia, determined to implement a similar model to help build houses in the land of his birth. Last year, he launched the Kenneth Kaunda Work Project, which helped 20 families in Lusaka realize their dreams of owing their own homes.
“The project was not meant to be a once off event,” he said. “Rather an effort to combat the crises of poverty housing on the African continent. It was set as a challenge to ignite the spirit of community participation and volunteerism – encouraging all to build homes and hopes throughout our land.”
Recently, Kaunda was joined by representatives of the Mayoral Committee of the City of Tshwane and the National Department of Housing, corporate sponsors and members of the Mamelodi community to dedicate the build site.
Donne Cameron, national director for Habitat for Humanity South Africa, said, “This project symbolizes the start of a national campaign called More Than Houses, which promises to bring 1,000 more houses to the people of South Africa over the coming two years. We are very privileged to have such wonderful support, not only from Dr. Kaunda, but also from the City of Tshwane and corporate South Africa.
“It is such a joy to see people from different walks of life join together to make a difference and help to provide simple, decent and affordable houses to those in need,” said Cameron.
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. www.habitat.org