May 2013

Habitat Launches IndiaBUILDS in North America
Campaign seeks to fund home improvements for 15,000 families per year in IndiaHabitat for Humanity International launched its IndiaBUILDS North America initiative June 6 in New York City. It is part of a larger Habitat for Humanity IndiaBUILDS campaign to help at least 100,000 families per year in India improve their shelter conditions. Mrs. Rajashree Birla, Director, Aditya Birla Group of companies, and Chair of Habitat for Humanity IndiaBUILDS, and Ron Terwilliger, Chair, Global Development Council for Habitat for Humanity International, hosted the launch with a cocktail reception and dinner.
IBNA Dinner
Ron Terwilliger A.K. Agarwalaji Actor Emily Bergl

“I believe very deeply in building a life of success and significance. Through a 40-year career, I had much success building apartments here in the U.S. Now I am thrilled to help build significance. My legacy, besides caring for my family, will be marked by several housing charities that I support – both now and beyond my lifetime.” (Ron Terwilliger, chair, Global Development Council for Habitat for Humanity International)

“I have seen the remarkable change in people’s lives after they [move into their Habitat home] and can call it their home –  the sheer sense of security, the interest in educating their children, and their general sense of well-being is absolutely amazing and touching. A home of their own will transform the future of their children and their aspirations.” (A.K. Agarwala, Director, Aditya Birla Group) English-American film, stage and television actress, Emily Bergl who has been a long-term Habitat supporter, attended the launch of India BUILDS in North America. Bergl has previously built with Habitat for Humanity in the United States and Thailand.


10 Families receive Green Homes sponsored by NISSAN

Nissan and Habitat partnered to provide 10 families in India with sustainable ‘green’ homes in Pazhanthandalam village, Kancheepuram district in Tamil Nadu.
Jeyanti from Indira Nagar settlement in Palanthandalam village is one of the 30 project beneficiaries to receive a new home. After having lived most of her life in a thatched house covered with plastic sheets she is grateful for the new-found sense of security, comfort and dignity that came with her new home.

Habitat homeparter Jeyanti receiving her new Nissan sponsored home


Disability Inclusive Disaster Response

A four day training program was organised by KHW in Chamba, Uttarakhand, from 27th – 30th May, 2013. Habitat India’s Disaster Response unit conducted the training program that was attended by over 70 participants from KHW, other non-profits, government departments and schools. The program focused on disability inclusive disaster risk reduction planning.

Disability Inclusive Disaster


Disaster Preparedness Workshop for Students
Youth learn how to prepare for a ‘Disaster’

Over 125 students attending a summer camp organized by the Villupuram Football Federation participated in a workshop on ‘Disaster Awareness and Preparedness’. Students mapped the risk and hazard profile of their respective areas and learned how youth can play a vital role in disaster preparedness and disaster response.


Habitat Served 77 Families in May 2013
Kasturi’s house is now ready for occupation Gokulappa and his wife building their new home Umadevi

Kasturi lives with her husband and four children. Having never had the opportunity to study, Kasturi knows the value of education, so she and her husband strive to ensure that their children get a proper education. Kasturi works as a domestic worker to supplement the family income.

With the support of her employer, Kasturi started constructing her own house in Kothanur. However, the family earnings and support from her employer was insufficient for them to complete the house.

Habitat provided the family with an interest free loan and Kasturi was able to build a two-storey home. Kasturi and Selvamuthu along with their four children are now immensely happy that they have a house of their own where they can live in safety and security.

Gokulappa and his wife Gowramma have been living in the Vijanapura slum area for over 30 years along with their two children. Their house comprised a one room enclosure with a thatched roof. Gokulappa and his wife, are both laborers and with support from Habitat they were able to build a new home for themselves. The house has a granite stone foundation, cement bricked walls, a living room, bed room, a kitchen and a toilet. Gokulappa’s family is excited that they have a house to call their own. “A home of our own will transform the future of our children and their aspirations” says a proud Gokulappa. Umadevi and her husband Raja live on the periphery of the new Bayappanahalli slum, along with their three school going children. Umadevi is a domestic worker while her husband earns an income as a mason. Umadevi’s family has been living in a makeshift hut with asbestos roofing along a sewage drain in the slum area. Through an interest free loan provided by Habitat they were able to construct their own house with a kitchen, hall, bedroom and a private toilet. Umadevi and Raja are grateful that their new home offers safety and security for their children in addition to a better environment in which they can study.


Habitat Volunteers
158 Volunteers contributed to Habitat’s work in May 2013

“The idea of spending my vacation wisely led me to volunteer with Habitat. I love the idea of BUILDING HOMES FOR COMMUNITIES. The vision of Habitat is vibrant and distinct. Habitat doesn’t only build shelter but also builds lives, hope and above all a habitat. Volunteering for Habitat helped me understand the hardships of being homeless”.

– Habitat Volunteer: Stephen Anurag, Andhra University, India,

Habitat is grateful to all volunteers from Northern Trust, Goldman Sachs, CISCO and Netapp who built with us in May 2013.


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Habitat is grateful to the following corporates and individuals who donated towards our cause in the month of May, 2013.

Exxon Mobil, Conde Nast India Private Limited, Citi Bank, FedEx, Julius Baer Bank (Switzerland) CISCO, Central Maryland Christian Church Baltimore (USA), Neerav, Harit, Manav, Aashil, Pranjal, Manan, Anand Choksi, Siva Kyasa, Sunil Mehta, Angeoletta Mancarella, Denny Nicholas, Peter VanBoekel & Christina Mol.



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