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In 1986, World Habitat Day was established by the United Nations to reflect on global housing conditions. Over the years, Habitat for Humanity International has built or repaired more than 1 million houses and served more than 4 million people around the world. In Guyana, while we celebrate this great feat, we are also cognizant that many in our communities and villages still lack adequate housing. Poor housing definitely leads to poor health, poor education, lack of physical security and limited opportunities. Extensive research supports what we at Habitat for Humanity have seen first-hand: improving housing breaks the cycle of poverty.
World Habitat Day 2014 – Habitat for Humanity Guyana will launch its “Voices from the Slum” project. The project will give voice to the experiences, dreams, concerns, and hopes of some of the young people living in economically destitute communities through art, poetry and drama. It will be an excellent opportunity to share with the rest of Guyana another perspective of the residents of these communities – one that focuses not on poverty or victimhood, but on youthful dynamism and creative ideas.
The project will expand to incorporate the construction of two homes and provide a decent place for families to live.