Saturday, February 1, 2014

Butuan Habitat for Humanity celebrates 14th anniv, continues to build houses

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 1 (PIA) – The Butuan Habitat for Humanity, Incorporated (BHFHI) celebrated its 14th anniversary on Saturday at the Lucky Village Covered Court, Barangay Ambago, this city.

As its opening salvo, the BHFHI’s officers, board of directors, homepartners and guests assembled early morning at their office along J.C. Aquino Avenue for a motorcade within the city thoroughfares. The group then convened at the Lucky Village Covered Court for the program and camaraderie.

The Christ the King Homeowners Association, Pagatpatan Homeowners Association and the Lopez Habitat Homeowners Association also joined the BHFHI during the celebration.

In her message, BHFHI President Nora Rama recalled how the organization started building houses to its homepartners. "The Lucky Village here in Barangay Ambago is the first Habitat Village that was established by the BHFHI and this is the only village that has a covered court," she said.

Rama also reiterated that the Habitat for Humanity provides a long-term housing security for a family - typically homeownership - is the expected result.

“Payments made by the new homepartner go into a local Fund for Humanity to build or renovate more houses, giving homepartners the opportunities to give as well as receive. Habitat homepartners are selected on the basis of need and willingness to partner, regardless of race, religion, gender or ethnic background,” bared Rama.

Rama further bared that the BHFHI has 816 total number of houses completed with 398 total number of fully paid houses in 21 sites of Habitat Villages in the city.

Also, during the celebration, two of its homepartners namely: Ailyn O. Morales and Danilo S. Yee happily shared their beautiful memories as beneficiaries of the Butuan Habitat for several years.

The Habitat homepartners also rendered a cheerful choral performance and a graceful interpretative dance.

The BHFHI is a non-government organization working on a mission to provide decent and durable shelters and has built more than a thousand houses in Caraga region and is currently helping the disaster-affected families by helping them establish a new home to live in. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)