Habitat India Updates: October – November, 2013

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Thirty Years of Building the Lives of Families in Need

In celebration of its 30 years of service to the nation, Habitat for Humanity India is organizing a charity gala dinner hosted by the IndiaBUILDS Advisory Committee headed by Mrs. Rajashree Birla and Mr. Pramit Jhaveri. The event will gather owners and CEOs of major corporations and organizations, high net worth individuals, and influential celebrities who have been supporting Habitat for Humanity – leading the movement of building homes and developing communities in India.

Luxury and limited edition items, and high valued experiences such as ‘A day with John Abraham, Dinner on a cruise with R. Madhavan, Essex vintage car, and paintings by well-known artists like Badri Narayan, Bhavani Katoch, Bose Krishnamachari will be auctioned to raise funds for Habitat’s disaster response projects in Uttarakhand and Odisha.

The event is supported by Citi, Reliance Industries Limited, National Association of Realtors, Sanjay & Falguni Nayar, United Phosphorus Limited, Cisco, Exxon Mobil Company India Pte Ltd, Tata Housing Development Company Ltd., Pashmina Developers.

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Auction items are provided by John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, R. Madhavan, Chef Ajay Chopra, Pashmina Developers, Studio 3, The Westin Mumbai Garden City, Marine Solutions, Indigo, Maharani Jewels, Jade, Image Consulting Business Institute, Mati Moksha, and Veethika.Over three decades, Habitat in India has served more than 49,000 families with decent shelter. The event also marks 30 years of Habitat in Asia-Pacific.


Bitein announces Habitat for Humanity India as CSR Partner at the 3rd Bitein Awards
At a glittering awards ceremony attended by nearly 200 dentists from across the country, Bitein, a pioneer in bringing cutting edge dentistry practices and products to dentists in India and across Asia, announced Habitat for Humanity India as its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partner in India.Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Advisory Committee Member, Habitat for Humanity India, welcomed the gesture and reminded the audience that in the city of Mumbai alone, nearly 60% of the population was homeless or lived in substandard housing conditions. It thus became a priority for every citizen to support Habitat in its quest to eradicate poverty housing in India.


350 D Y Patil International School Students Run to Build Homes in Uttarakhand
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D Y Patil International School, Worli partnered with Habitat India to organized a charity-run on November 24, 2013. Over 350 students participated in the run-a-thon that aimed to raise funds for Habitat’s disaster response work in Uttarakhand.


Diwali Fundraiser for Uttarakhand
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Habitat India’s Youth BUILD Council members Sneh Koticha-Contractor and Abhiruchi Agarwal organized a Diwali fundraiser to support Habitat India’s disaster response activities in Uttarakhand. Over 200 guests enjoyed an evening of entertainment and games, proceeds of which will go towards building homes in Uttarakhand. Bollywood actor and VJ, Purab Kholi, who has supported Habitat’s work since 2006, attended the event. Chief guest, Smt. Rajashree Birla, addressed the audience and expressed her gratitude for their support.


Oberio Melting Pot 2013
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Habitat India was selected as one of three recipients of a grant from the funds raised by this year’s Oberoi Melting Pot which was held on 20th October at The Oberoi, Nariman Point. Jointly organized by the Oberoi, the Indian Merchants’ Chamber,  the Consular Corps and United Way of Mumbai — the Oberoi Melting Pot is a cultural event where the consulates of different countries showcase their traditions, customs and culture, be it through dance, gastronomy, recitals, theatre, etc. The event raises funds for selected charities through entry tickets, auctions, raffles, etc. and attracts more than 800 people of various nationalities of the stature of Consul Generals, ettachés, Heads and senior staff of various companies and their families.
International Day of Disaster Reduction 2013

To commemorate International Day for Disaster Reduction, Habitat India conducted a workshop in partnership with Kalvi Kendra for community leaders in and around Villupuram District, Tamil Nadu, India. The workshop covered the roles and responsibilities of community leaders in reducing disaster-related risks. This year the focus of the International Day for Disaster Reduction was the one billion people around the world who live with some form of disability. Subsequently, the workshop addressed the needs of people living with disabilities during a disaster.



92 families affected by floods in Uttarakhand assisted through emergency and transitional shelter kits
“The large scale loss of life and property due to the devastating floods in Uttarakhand was indeed a tragic chapter in India’s history. A lot of us have cared and given but that would just never be enough until we have feet on the ground to execute the projects. No matter what our difficulties, however painful the experience is, we must not lose hope because then that would be a real disaster. I urge and plead all to come together and join hands and help in whatever way they can towards rebuilding Uttarakhand.” Sanjay Koul, Managing Director, TIMKEN India
Habitat India served 103 households in October and November 2013

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” I wanted my family, especially my two young girls to have access to a toilet and the privacy that comes with it. However, we couldn’t afford to build a sanitation unit and for years together, we had to defecate in the open. To my good fortune, we were able to avail a Habitat loan and financial advice from members of Habitat India’s Construction Technical Assistance team. We were able to build a toilet and save Rs. 5,000 by following the financial and technical advice we received from Habitat.”

– Paulina Mary, Vandaloor village, Tambaram District, Chennai,

539 Volunteers from Dow Chemicals, Oberoi International School, Tata Housing, Bloomberg, Aditya Birla School, UPS, American School of Bombay, Fed Ex, Thompson Reuters, Sumati Group, Global Village volunteer teams from US and Canada, D Y Patil International School, Nirmala Institute, Rajakkadu and Gurukul School contributed to Habitat’s mission by building homes for families in need in October-November, 2013


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Women’s Build: Join Us
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A low-income woman is more likely to live in an unsafe and substandard house, without access to services, on land that makes her vulnerable – whether to natural disasters, eviction or exploitation. There is also a higher likelihood that she will suffer from poor health; the area in which she is living is unhygienic. Land tenure laws often deny women the ability to possess land.

Wanting a house with a door that can lock is the wish of many low-income women around the world. Living in a safe, decent home on land that provides security for the whole family is a major step in helping improve lives. This provides choice and opportunity for women – they are able to leave the home to earn an income and hold their ground when decisions are made.  This International Women’s Day (8th March) join Habitat India in our commitment to provide  women with the choice and opportunity to live in a safe, decent home.  Women from around the world will volunteer aside women from low-income families, enabling them to build safe, decent and affordable homes.  This global Women’s BUILD will take place in Delhi, India from March 1 – 9, 2014.

    Thank You to Our Donors
Habitat is grateful for the generous contributions of XXX towards Habitat’s mission.


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