Habitat India September Updates

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Habitat continues to re-build lives in Uttarakhand
Four months after the Uttarakhand disaster families are still struggling to get back on their feet before the onset of a harsh winter. Habitat for Humanity India provided 91 families in Joshiara block in Uttarakashi and Jaunpur block in Tehri District, with emergency shelter material. These materials comprise tin sheets, canvas cloth, rope, hooks & steel fasteners and will enable families to repair those parts of their homes that were damaged due to flooding and landslides.

“My family and I lived in Joshiara, Bhatwari Block, in Uttarkashi District. Before the disaster, I worked as an electrician in a private company. When the floods destroyed our home, we had to move into a rented house. But the floods also destroyed by source of income and there was no work available after the disaster. Without any source of income, we were struggling to pay the rent. I didn’t know how we were going to survive. Thankfully, we heard that Habitat was distributing emergency shelter material and we were able to use my friend’s land to set up an emergency transit shelter.” – Girish Bhatt, Habitat Beneficiary, Uttarakhand Disaster

Dancing to Raise Funds for Uttarakhand
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Zumba instructors organized a dance face-off at Palladium to fundraise for families in Uttarakhand. Thousands of Zumba enthusiasts spent an evening dancing for joy and raising money for homes.


Students Illustrate the Need for Shelter through Art

In celebration of ‘World Habitat Day’ on October 7, Habitat invited twenty top artists to judge a School Painting Competition at the UN Lawns in Delhi. Paintings by 300 students from schools across Delhi were displayed at the venue in an exhibition designed to raise awareness about the ‘Right to Shelter’. The aim of the competition was to encourage the participants to better understand poverty housing issues in India and to be motivated and informed about how they could contribute to addressing these important issues in the future.

The event was organised by Habitat for Humanity India, the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC) and UN HABITAT. Speakers at the event included Mrs. Kiran Mehra Kerpelman – UNIC Director, Mr. Eric Christopher – Habitat for Humanity CEO and Dr. Pradip Nandi – Chief Technical Advisor UN HABITAT Water for Asian Cities Programme. Dr. Nandi, who gave the main address, spoke about the importance of the effective governance of cities and the shelter rights accorded under Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The competition winner was Manisha Sahani of R.P Government Sarvodaya Kanya Vodyalaya, Rithala, Delhi (below second from right). In second place was Diksha Kulshretha of VSPK International School, Rohini (below third from left). In third place was Ridhi Chopra of Springdales School, Pusa Road, Delhi (below second from right).

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FedEx breaks ground in Marathawada region to build homes for 48 tribal families
Mr Rakesh Shali, Managing Director Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa, FedEx participated in a ground-breaking ceremony to commemorate the launch of a housing project in partnership with Habitat India. This new initiative will support 48 families in Paithan Tehsil of Aurangabad. The program is aimed at constructing safe, decent and affordable houses using appropriate local construction technology and housing solutions.At the launch event in Aurangabad, project beneficiaries  expressed their gratitude at the opportunity to have a place to call their own. Amongst them was Mangalbai Bhaskar Gadekar from Jambli Village, who said “Currently, my family’s living conditions are extremely adverse. In the rains our home almost floods because of the leaks in the roof and in the summer since our home is made mostly of tin, it gets very hot. I am extremely grateful to Habitat for Humanity and FedEx Express for helping to provide us with a house that we will be glad to call our home.”Anitha Raju Rathod, another project beneficiary from Banglatanda village shared her experience, “After my husband abandoned our family, I moved back to my parents’ home along with my two sons. The dream of owning our own home will finally be realized and I am looking forward to using a portion of the house to set up my tailoring micro-enterprise”.


20 families affected by floods in Assam (2012) assisted through shelter repairs
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Incessant rainfall in Assam during the last week of June 2012 rendered several thousand people homeless. Many affected communities had to be evacuated to safer locations and were kept in relief camps, public halls and schools until the water subsided. Habitat initiated a disaster intervention project in the region and assisted 30 families by providing Galvanized Corrugated Iron (GCI) sheets to replace damaged thatch / bamboo weave roofing material. This is part of an on-going process to gradually restore homes affected by the floods.At the age of 60, Mr Mostoi’s home was severely damaged in the floods of 2012. He and his wife earn a meagre monthly income as cultivators and lacked the capital required to repair their home. Habitat provided them with repair and roofing material and Mr. Mostoi’s family was able to restore their damaged thatched roof and foundation.


Promoting health & hygiene

For years, Shardatai Kamble saw how the practice of open defecation was affecting the health of her community in Hingoli District. In 2010, when Habitat India began working in the region to provide low-income families with shelter and sanitation, Shardatai decided to get involved. For the past three years, she went from door to door in her village to explain the importance of sanitation and hygiene. Shardatai never gave up, despite immense resistance from the community. She even mortgaged her Mangal Sutra to raise the require funds necessary to implement the program. Habitat is now in the process of providing 130 families in the region with sanitation units to enhance rural hygiene and eradicate open defecation. “I can make many Mangal Sutras“, Shardatai says, “but this was an opportunity to help others in my village”. Shardatai was felicitated by Ms Varshatai Gaikwad, Minister, Women and Child Development, for her work in the region.



Timken commits to providing 82 families with shelter
Mr Sanjay Koul, Managing Director, Timken India, shares why the organization chose to partner with Habitat India to rebuild Uttarakhand.“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.”


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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.

Habitat Youth BUILD Fun & Fair: October 27th, 2013
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    Thank You to Our Volunteers and Donors
Habitat is grateful to all volunteers from Thompson Reuters, Wells Fargo, IBM/Cross Road Church, Muster Peace Japanwho built with us in September 2013. We’re also grateful for the generous contributions of Wells Fargo, Harman International, CISCO, Applied Materials, Thomson Reuters, Timken India, CISCO, Happiest   Minds Technologies Private Limited, HDFC Life, Give India, WSP, Mantri Developers, Sterline Developers, Cairn India, and Zumbathon USA towards Habitat’s mission.




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