July 2013

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Re-building the lives of 2,000 families in Uttarakhand
Habitat provides emergency shelter kits, transitional shelters, housing repair and re-construction.

Kamala’s family is one of 12 families in Satagad village who lost their home and livelihood. “That night, we saw the water level rising slowly and entering our village. We heard lots of trees and rocks falling and were very frightened. We had to leave our house behind and took shelter in an elevated place. We saw our house being washed away and our farmland was destroyed with mud and rocks. My children and I are now living in a government camp that has no doors and is very small. We’re always afraid of wild animals entering the camp at night”.

In partnership with local community based organizations, Habitat for Humanity India will rebuild the lives of families like Kamala’s in Chanangoan, Parodi and Satagad villages in Jaunpur Block, Tehri district, Uttarakhand.

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Damaged Classroom Village Satagad in Jaunpur Block, Tehri district, Uttarakhand Kamala standing on what was once her agricultural land now detroyed by landslides copy — at Uttarakhand

A damaged classroom in Satagad village’s primary school.

Village Satagad in Jaunpur Block, Tehri district, Uttarakhand destroyed by flooding. Kamala standing on what was once her agricultural land now detroyed by landslides at Uttarakhand.

 

    CELEBRITIES APPEAL FOR UTTARAKHAND
Celebrities Appeal for Uttarakhand Families
Habitat Celebrity Ambassadors John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez and Purab Kohli appeal for funds for families affected by the floods in Uttarakhand.
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Habitat shares best practices

National Institute of Rural Development, a branch of the Ministry of Rural Development organized an International training program on ‘Management of Rural Infrastructure Projects and Rural Housing in July to build the capacity of organizations working in the area of rural housing across ten countries including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, South Sudan, Togo, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Zambia. Habitat staff members Mr. T.J.A. Franklin and Mr. Vijayanand participated in the workshop and presented Habitat India’s significant work in rural housing and shared best practices.

 

    FAMILIES SERVED
Habitat served 50 families in July 2013

Sarasu has lived with her family in Indira Nagar of Palanathandalam village for the last three decades. Every year, her family had to shell out a substantial amount to fix the thatched roof of their mud house during the monsoon. “We struggled to make ends meet and had to use whatever savings we had to repair the roof every year”, says Sarasu. “I never imagined that we would one day own a sturdy, concrete home of our own”. With the help of a Habitat- Nissan grant, Sarasu and her family built a home with an attached toilet. They now enjoy the monsoon and are able to save money that otherwise would have been spent on repairing the rood.
Habitat’s partnership with Nissan has enabled 30 families like Sarasu’s to build safe and decent homes.

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Razia
Building the health of families

For Razia Khan this Eid will hold a special place in her memory. For the first time since her family began living in Farashkhana village, Gwalior, her relatives will be coming to visit her to celebrate Eid. She’s owes this to the construction of a toilet in her home. Razia shares that earlier, none of her relatives used to visit her home to stay because she didn’t have a toilet. “I used to feel so ashamed of this”, she says,. “my children and I had to go out in the early hours of the morning when it was still dark outside” to defecate in the open. “We didn’t have any privacy and during the monsoon not having a toilet was a real problem for my children”, says Razia. Now she happily invites her friends and relatives over to her home and proudly shows them the new toilet she built with the help of a Habitat loan.

 

Supporting Livelihoods
Mubin

Mubin Taj lives in a re-settlement colony in Hegde Nagar, Bangalore with her husband and two sons. They own a vegetable shop that Mubin manages. The family was living in a congested rented house made of asbestos sheets. Besides the lack of privacy, the rented house didn’t provide space for Mubin’s family to store their excess vegetable supplies. Through Habitat’s project in the area, Mubin was able to secure an interest free loan to build a larger, sturdier home for her family. “We now have a hall, kitchen and toilet in addition to a bedroom and love the extra space”, she says. Moreover, Mubin’s family built a spare room that enables them to safely store vegetables and has significantly increased their monthly income.

 

    OUR DONORS
Habitat for Humanity is grateful for the generous contribution of our donors in the month of July 2013:

Standard Chartered Bank, Temasek Holdings PTD Ltd. Limited, Credit Suisse, Bank of America Merill Lynch, Pfizer, IGATE, DH Financials Consulting Firm, Conde Nast India Pvt. Limited, NAR, Home Depot, WSP, Genpact, Shubham Housing Finance, Aon Hewitt, Cognizant, Doosan Power, Colt, National Association of Realtors, Timken India, CISCO, Wells Fargo, CAF, Quintiles, Archbishop Mitty High School and Four Seasons Hotel, Mumbai.

 

    OUR VOLUNTEERS
Volunteer Tree Plantation
455 Volunteers contributed to Habitat’s work in July

118 Prudential volunteers participated in tree plantation projects in four Karjat villages: Haryachiwadi, Damsewadi, Chafewadi and Khondewadi. Prudential employee, Amit Rashinkar, shared his experience of the tree plantation: “This was a great opportunity to work with nature, help preserve trees and do something for humanity.”

Building homes one family at a time

The Goltner Family from Neatherlands believes that giving back is a ‘family’ affair. Thirteen members of this family came together to build homes for low-income families living in Perani Village, Villupuram District, Tamil Nadu. They spent five days white washing walls, digging soak pits and shifting sand and bricks for two home partners in the village.
“The past one week had been great, I thoroughly enjoyed everything we did as a family”, shared Mr. Alexander.
“It was a great and memorable experience, we loved every bit of it. It was a great feeling to work and dedicate a house for a family”, he said.

Beneficiary families lived in small thatched huts with mud walls and mud floors. Their homes did not have a separate kitchen or toilet facility. The roofs would leak during monsoon resulting in unhygienic living conditions and consequently ill health. Also, the houses needed periodic repairing.
Habitat homepartner Sengeni shared that he was “very happy and thankful to the volunteers for white washing the house and the build was a “great privilege and honor” to his family. He also shared that he would “remember the volunteers” for the rest of his life.

Global Village Volunteer Team
Volunteer with Habitat
Udita Makhija shares her volunteer experience

“It was a push from my teacher and my desire to work in the social sector that motivated me to volunteer with Habitat. I think it is the unity and ‘one for all and all for one’ attitude of people that makes Habitat and the builds special. Working alongside the global volunteers from Ireland, I literally learned the meaning of oneness. Cultural differences and all those things were bridged and we worked together. I think that the magic of a global NGO like Habitat, which apart from building houses, is bringing  people together.”

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