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  • 1. 2nd October 2012 Volume 15 No.2 THIS WEEK: ‘MANY HOMES, ONE COMMUNITY’ IS THE THEME OF UNITED NATIONS WORLD HABITAT DAY 2012 BUILDING HOMES, COMMUNITIES AND HOPE About the project Habitat for Humanity’s orphaned and vulnerable children project in Zambia engages communities to build durable, healthy, sustainable houses; supports and encourages caregivers to write wills, and carries out training on HIV/ AIDS prevention, care and treatment. For each of the families that have benefited from this project, decent housing is the first step in reducing their vulnerability and providing a solid foundation on which other critical services, including healthcare, nutrition and education, can be built. These families can stop living day-to-day and begin to plan for the future. This project is co-funded by Irish Aid. 1 Dorcas Phiri standing in what is now her new Habitat home © Habitat for Humanity siblings and the family lived in a makeshift school and hoping for a better life. With JEANNIE MCCANN AND tent for over three years. Habitat’s help, Dorcas has also gone back JOANNA BUTCHER, HABITAT As part of Habitat for Humanity to school as a teaching assistant. FOR HUMANITY IRELAND CSPE CORE CONCEPTS Zambia’s Orphaned and Vulnerable “The day we moved into this house weDorcas Phiri lives in Zambia. When she Children project, Habitat built Dorcas and couldn’t believe it, we were very happy. • Developmentwas 16, her father died and her mother her siblings a durable, healthy, secure We couldn’t believe that we now have • Rights and Responsibilitiesdisappeared. She was forced to leave home of their own. our own house to live in, a very safe and • Human Dignityschool to look after her three younger Now all of Dorcas’ siblings are back in nice house.”Sport writing in a league of its own
  • 2. World Habitat Day Every year the United Nations declares current global housing crisis. the first Monday of October as ‘World The aim of World Habitat Day is to About Habitat Habitat Day’. This year, on the 1st focus on shelter. This year’s theme, October, Habitat for Humanity joins ‘Many Homes, One Community’ the UN and other organisations around highlights the role that affordable the world to raise awareness, as well housing plays in lifting families out for Humanity as educate and mobilise individuals of poverty and creating sustainable and communities to take action on the communities. Ireland Habitat for Humanity Ireland is a engages families and communities HOUSING IN NUMBERS • About 1.6 billion people live in • 1 billion people live in urban slums. If no development organisation which to construct, rehabilitate or preserve substandard housing around the world. urgent action is taken, this will increase to seeks to bring people together to build homes; advocates for fair and just • Each week, more than 1 million 2 billion by 2030. homes, communities and hope. housing policies; and provides training people are born in, or move to, cities • Habitat for Humanity has served more In more than 90 countries around and access to resources to help families in the developing world. than 500,000 families in more than 90 the world, including Ireland, Habitat improve their shelter conditions. • Habitat for Humanity serves a family countries. every seven minutes.Volunteer experience 1 High School student, Hugh Sweetman playing with local children 7 Laura Rankin with her new Nepalese friend teachers was the sixth group to travel The team was split to work on two tedious at times but we made sure we LAURA RANKIN from The High School. Over the course separate sites, which inevitably led to kept each other smiling!Last Easter, I was lucky enough to travel of these trips we have raised a combined some friendly competition! It was obvious that by the end ofto Nepal as a member of the 2012 Habitat total of over €250,000 for Habitat for We were building with bamboo, our time there, we had made a hugefor Humanity team from The High School Humanity Ireland. and along with the families and locals we difference to the lives of the family whoseRathgar. I had never been to a developing constructed a basic four-room home we had built, which is something I Having seen how much my own family country before. I didn’t know what to house, which would serve the entire am still proud of and will be forever.had learnt from their trips with Habitat, I expect, having had very little building community. It was such an incredibleknew I couldn’t let this opportunity pass experience; like the rest of the team, I One of the best things about the trip experience, and I hope that many moreme by. wondered how we could possibly build was working with a great team of people. people become involved in projects Our team of sixteen students and five two houses in ten days, but we did! The work was tough. It was tiring, hot and like this one.Sport writing in a league of its own
  • 3. President Higgins, Habitat for Humanity Ireland’s Patron1 In Cambodia, Habitat supported twenty-two families to relocate from adumpsite in Phnom Penh to the New Holistic Hope Community. The move providedresidents with a community centre, job opportunities, a community farm, access toeducation and a free medical clinic within walking distance of their new homes.Homeowner Srey Sopha pictured outside foreground are her three sons, (L-R) Pichher home at the Steung Meanchey Ry Sothyvan (3), Pich Ry Pirun (7) anddumpsite before she was relocated to a Pich Ry Sophearith (13). © Habitat forHabitat house in Oudong. Pictured in the Humanity In the Port-au-Prince community of Simon-Pelé, the community is working together to identify priority needs in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. One of Habitat’s community led projects is designed to build community self-confidence, create a platform for ongoing engagement, and initiate post- earthquake reconstruction in a way that builds on existing community strengths. 1 Rolph “Jerry” Joseph (13) and his family live in this new model of Habitat transitional shelter which they moved into after their home was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. © Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein 1 President Michael D. Higgins, Habitat Ireland’s patron, with Habitat homeowner Fiona Corcoran. © Habitat for Humanity Ireland/Dylan VaughanIn Macedonia, Habitat is addressing the In April 2012, The President of Ireland, a small mortgage and their willingnessneeds of the Roma community, the most Michael D. Higgins, celebrated with to work onsite.deprived ethnic group of Europe. two families who are becoming Habitat President Higgins said, “Real The Roma Housing Rights project homeowners in Dublin. engagement and meaningfulin Macedonia brings together local Habitat partners with Dublin City participation by each and every citizen incommunity leaders, local NGOs, and Council to renovate derelict houses building community and strengtheninglocal and national government officials which are based in areas which have civil society is not just a hollowto increase awareness among the Roma access to essential services and a strong aspiration. The work undertaken byof their rights. The project is tied to community support network. This Habitat for Humanity and its partners onadditional housing microfinance projects, initiative enables low income families this project is a visible manifestation oftechnical assistance projects and other to become first time homeowners. the kind of transformational change thatservices to create access to adequate Families are selected from the Dublin can take place when people mobilisehousing solutions for the Roma. City Council housing lists according to around a positive vision and follow1 Vasilevo, Macedonia: A boy is tasting water from the new drinking water pump their level of need, their ability to repay through with purposeful action.”that Habitat Macedonia installed for the residents of Vasilevo. © Habitat for Humanity ACTION POINTS • Competition: Write a short blog • Design a poster on the theme, “Many • Sign up to volunteer at the Habitat you would organise both of these post on the theme of World Homes, One Community” for World for Humanity Ireland national bag events. Habitat Day, “Many homes, One Habitat Day. pack in Tesco Stores around Ireland Community”. Email your post to on 28th March 2013. • Invite Habitat to come to speak at info@habitatireland.ie. Remember • Write social networking updates to your school about how to become to include your name, age, school explain the poster. Follow Habitat • Come up with two other fundraising involved in their work at home or and contact telephone number. We Ireland on www.facebook.com/ events to support Habitat for aboard. www.habitatireland.ie will post the best entries on our HabitatIreland and www.Twitter. Humanity Ireland’s work. Write a blog: www.HabitatIreland.ie/blog. com/HabitatIreland. short paragraph explaining howSport writing in a league of its own
  • 4. 1 Brother and sister Sam (14) and Amanda Norris (18) who help their mother of five, Antoinette, to care for their two siblings with special needs.Amanda and Sam named‘Young Carers of the Year’A brother and sister have been named Carers of the Year Awards 2012.Young Carers of the Year for their tireless Amanda, who hopes to have a careerwork in looking after two younger siblings working with the disabled, said that,with special needs. despite the hard work and sacrifices Young Carers are carers under 18 years involved, she wouldn’t change her life. WRITTEN & 2nd October 2012 Volume 15 No.2 THIS WEEK: ‘MANY HOMES, ONE COMMUNITY’ IS THE THEME OF UNITED NATIONS WORLD HABITAT DAY 2012of age who provide care to ill or disabled Sam told how he takes special care RESEARCHED BY: BUILDING HOMES,relatives in the home. Their work often goes of Adam and gets his younger brotherunrecognised and their own social, health dressed and ready for school and gives Jeannie McCann, Joanna Butcher, COMMUNITIES AND HOPEand educational needs are often neglected. him his breakfast every morning. “You’re Patrick Hunt While Amanda (19) and Sam Norris kind of used to it when you grow up with DESIGN: INM Studio About(14) from Finglas in Dublin often miss out it,” said the teenager modestly. WRITE TO US: the projecton spending time with their friends to help Debbie Brennan, In.Tuition, Habitat for Humanity’s orphaned and vulnerable children project in Zambia Irish Independent, engages communities to build durable, healthy, sustainable houses; supportstheir single mum look after Demi (15) and Gift from Secret Millionaire and encourages caregivers to write wills, and carries out training on HIV/ 27-32 Talbot Street, Dublin 1. AIDS prevention, care and treatment. For each of the families that haveAdam (6), they would not change a thing. The Norris family featured in the RTE benefited from this project, decent housing is the first step in reducing OR PHONE: their vulnerability and providing a solid foundation on which other critical services, including healthcare, nutrition Demi has the genetic condition Cohen’s TV series ‘The Secret Millionaire’. In and education, can be built. These families can stop living day-to-day and Customer Care Line begin to plan for the future. This project is co-funded by Irish Aid.Syndrome and is intellectually disabled an episode broadcast last month, IT 1 Dorcas Phiri standing in what is now her new Habitat home © Habitat for Humanity at 023 8863850 siblings and the family lived in a makeshift school and hoping for a better life. With JEANNIE MCCANN AND tent for over three years. Habitat’s help, Dorcas has also gone back JOANNA BUTCHER, HABITATwhile Adam is autistic. They also have millionaire, Jim Breen, spent time with the As part of Habitat for Humanity to school as a teaching assistant. FOR HUMANITY IRELAND CSPE CORE CONCEPTS Zambia’s Orphaned and Vulnerable “The day we moved into this house we OR EMAIL US: Dorcas Phiri lives in Zambia. When she Children project, Habitat built Dorcas and couldn’t believe it, we were very happy. • Development was 16, her father died and her mother her siblings a durable, healthy, secure We couldn’t believe that we now have • Rights and Responsibilitiesanother sister, Roisin (7). Norris family, and was so impressed that disappeared. She was forced to leave home of their own. our own house to live in, a very safe and • Human Dignity school to look after her three younger Now all of Dorcas’ siblings are back in nice house.” intuition@independent.ie Sport writing in a league of its own Amanda and Sam were honoured last he handed them a cheque for €10,000 toMay at the Tunstall Emergency Response enhance the quality of life for the family. Sport writing in a league of its own Sport writing in a league of its ownSport writing in a league of its own