A tribal from Bangarwadi village in Karjattaluka of Raigarh district, Bhima Vitthal Pardhi could hardly believe her eyes as her dream of a decent house began taking shape. Habitat for Humanity India and over 200 employees from Altisource Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Samsung C&T and Willis Towers Watson Mumbai, along with 50 of her villagers joined hands in a massive initiative to build seven such houses in her village. The ‘build’ is part of Habitat’s annual youth campaign – Habitat Young Leaders Build that brings together youth across the country to support families in need of decent housing. Bhima Vitthal Pardhi is one such future homeowner. Bhima is a widow with three children and has had no source of regular income after her husband’s death in 2011.With her housebuilt, she will now focus on farming on the little patch of land and on her children’s educationamong other responsibilities.
A visibly relieved Bhima commented, “It is a sense of pride and relief when you are living in your own house. After my husband’s death, I was unsure what would happen to all of us. Because of Habitat for Humanity India, we have roof over our head. Now I can look forward to a better future for my children.”
Organised by Habitat for Humanity India, this initiative was supported wholeheartedly by employees of diverse corporates working together with the local villagers. In Habitat Young Leaders Build, young people volunteer and speak out for the need for decent homes as a way out of poverty and toward self-sustainability. The campaign motivates youth to take the lead in building homes and communities.
Rajan Samuel, Managing Director – Habitat for Humanity India mentioned, “The sense of happiness and satisfaction on the faces of 250 people was to be seen to be believed. A house gives the greatest sense of security and shortage of affordable houses is an acute challenge in India. I am glad that the initiative of ‘Housing for All by 2022’ is helping the poor. All of us including the government, corporate world, non-government organisations and the communities need to join hands to ensure that our Honourable Prime Minister’s dream comes true and more people like Bhima get a decent house.”
The ‘BUILD’ activity at Bangarwadi saw building of walls, painting, beautification of houses and a community hall built by volunteers in partnership with Habitat India.
About Habitat for Humanity India
Habitat for Humanity India’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat works with low-income, marginalized families to build homes, provides housing-related services and raises awareness for adequate housing and sanitation. Since its inception in 1983, Habitat for Humanity India has touched the lives of over 14,29,645 individuals across 20 states of our country. The core area of Habitat’s work in India is:
· Decent Shelter
· WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
· Disaster Risk Reduction and Response
Habitat for Humanity works with people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Habitat for Humanity India’s long term strategic goal for 2015-20 is to impact the lives of 25,00,000 individuals in their dream of living in a safe and a decent home. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit www.habitatindia.in
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