ATLANTA — Forty Delta Air Lines employees will put the airline’s words into action this week by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity International in Ghana, West Africa, to build houses in partnership with families in need of safe, decent shelter. The project is part of the airline’s new philanthropic program “Delta’s Force for Global Good,” which focuses on uniting employees and customers in support of philanthropic efforts throughout the world. Habitat for Humanity is the airline’s first partner in this effort.
“Delta’s Force for Global Good leads our company in corporate citizenship and establishes meaningful partnerships that will promote and confirm our mission for global good,” said Scarlet Pressley-Brown, general manager for Delta Community Affairs and leader of Delta’s Force for Global Good. “Our employees and partners worldwide form a force for positive change dedicated to improving standards of living and quality of life for all mankind.”
Since its formation in 1987, Habitat for Humanity Ghana has housed thousands of families in safe, affordable homes. They work in eight of the country’s 10 regions, representing 135 communities. The Delta Air Lines volunteer team is working with the Offinso Habitat affiliate in the Ashanti region. Most of the homeowners are farmers. HFH Ghana has built homes in partnership with more than 5,000 families in its 20-year existence.
“Habitat for Humanity Ghana is extremely delighted to have Delta Air Lines as partners in this mission of eradicating poverty housing in Ghana,” said Emmanuel Kwaa, Habitat for Humanity Ghana national director. “The need is great in this country. Through the work with Delta this week alone we will help put eight more families into safe, decent homes.”
Delta launched the Habitat partnership in December 2006 with the unveiling of a Delta Boeing 767-300 aircraft that features a Habitat for Humanity paint schematic and “Delta’s Force for Global Good” decaling and that flew the airline’s inaugural flight between Atlanta and Johannesburg, South Africa. In addition to the four houses built in the Katlehong township outside of Johannesburg, Delta employees left a lasting gift for the entire community by contributing funds for a brick-making machine that will help build many more homes and help them raise money by selling blocks to nearby townships.
“It only took a moment to collect the money needed to buy the Katlehong community a brick maker, but the gift the community of Katlehong gave us will last a lifetime,” said Tonette Eaves, a Delta volunteer and program manager of Continuing Education for In-Flight Service Training. “I’ll never be the same after such a gratifying experience.”
“Delta’s Force for Global Good” leverages the combined assets of Delta’s network of more than 45,000 employees worldwide who volunteer, and Delta’s charitable foundation, to support the global communities where Delta customers and employees live and work. Future worldwide builds are expected to be open to Delta customers who will join Delta employees.
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 more than 225,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .
Africa and the Middle East
Since 1976, Habitat has sought to work in partnership with like-minded organizations and people. It is through partnerships that Habitat for Humanity provides holistic solutions to poverty housing in a region of the world where so many still aspire to own a decent home, providing a safe haven for their children and the generations to come.
Habitat for Humanity works in 24 countries in Africa and the Middle East. In its 30 years of existence, Habitat for Humanity Africa and the Middle East has built about 43,000 homes — providing shelter for more than 215,000 men, women and children.