Habitat for Humanity programme yields 5 homes for HIV infected personsTuesday, September 23, 2008 – 12:15 pm
Source: Guyana Chronicle
HABITAT for Humanity, in collaboration with USAID/GHARP, National AIDS Programme Secretariat, and Food for the Poor Guyana, has successfully conducted a Basic Building and Skills Training Programme with 15 persons infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
In recognition of the accomplishment of the fifteen participants, a graduation ceremony was held yesterday at the Waterchris Hotel and Bar, at Waterloo Street, Georgetown.
The collaborative effort led to the successful completion of five houses for five beneficiaries and their children who are HIV infected.
The 15 participants in the programme successfully completed Habitat’s Basic Building Skills Training Programme in Construction which took several months.
Meanwhile, USAID/GHARP, Director of Administration, Mr. Orin Boston said that the prime objective is to empower the male group in construction for the development of their skills.
Ms. Andrea Benjamin, Projects Coordinator of Food for the Poor, lauded the efforts of the group and welcomed more collaborative work which entails the development of people.
However, Outgoing Chairman of Habitat for Humanity, Mr. Alex Graham, added that the organisation will continue to fulfill its mandate in the delivery of skills and providing low cost housing for people.
“We are also working on establishing a training centre, especially for the development of skills,” he added.
Mr. Graham pointed out that the partnership with the other organisations is to provide low cost housing solutions for people living or affected by HIV/AIDS.
The participants yesterday expressed their appreciation of being offered such a programme which they say would empower them with life transforming skills to ensure a living.