British Amb. helps build habitat house in Aragatsotn Marz

June 28 2004


YEREVAN, JUNE 28, ARMENPRESS: On Tuesday 29 June Thorda
Abbott-Watt, British Ambassador, will join Habitat for Humanity
Armenia local and international women volunteers, Lise Grande, UN
Resident Coordinator and other women officials to help build a house
for the Tononyan family in Voskhehat village, Aragatsotn marz. The
group will lay insulation on the roof and make floors for the
Tononyan family.
Habitat for Humanity is a charitable organization, which supports
community development by assisting the building and renovation of
simple, decent and affordable homes for families in need. Targeting
poor families living in bad housing, in cramped conditions with
limited water and heat, Habitat for Humanity offers no-interest loans
and the assistance of volunteers to make affordable improvements to
their living conditions. Since January 2004 Habitat for Humanity has
completed or renovated 82 homes housing more than 400 people. Each
one costs about $10,000.
The Women Build program nurtures, recruits and trains women in the
skills needed to build and maintain these houses which they might
otherwise not learn. This gives them more independence as heads of
households. It enables women from all walks of live to work together
and use their skills to address the problems of poverty in simple
ways that can transform the lives of families and communities.