2004 Kenneth Kaunda Work Project builds 28 new homes
The 2004 Kenneth Kaunda Work Project closed at the end of November as hundreds of volunteers joined Kaunda, the first president of Zambia, and Dr. Lindiwe Sisulu, the national minister for housing, to hand over keys to 28 new homeowners.
In the closing, Donne Cameron, national director of Habitat for Humanity South Africa, said, “Today is a very special one. Not only does it mark the close of an incredible week where we have built 28 new houses, but it provides the gift to 28 families, who will for the first time in their lives spend Christmas in their very own homes.”
The build took place in the Community of the Elephant in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, and served as the launch for “More than Houses” campaign to build another 1,000 homes in South Africa in anticipation of the 30th anniversary for Habitat for Humanity International in 2006.
“Our thanks are extended to all the volunteers and sponsors who have participated in this week’s event and made this dream become a reality for these 28 families,” said Cameron. “And of course to our very special patron, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, who has taken the time out of his very busy schedule to come and assist us in the building of this community.”
“It has been a wonderful week out in Mamelodi,” said Kaunda. “My heart is filled with joy to see all these volunteers who have given of their time to come and participate in the project. They have helped us to fulfil our vision of helping those in need to receive simple, decent and affordable housing and this has been done in the spirit of the second commandment ‘Love thy neighbour’”.
About the Kenneth Kaunda Work Project
The 2004 build was the second annual Kenneth Kaunda Work Project. In its eight years of active building in South Africa, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 1,300 simple, decent and affordable houses for South African families in need.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International, 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.