Saturday, 11 August 2012

Building a different kind of home

In the run up to World Habitat Day 2012 teams from the house construction and mortgaging industries will be building a shantytown in the Peak District to address global housing need.

At Habitat for Humanity's Hope Challenge event near Edale, 28th - 30th September 2012, teams from companies such as Acenden**, Ward Homes and Assent Building Company who usually deal with brick and mortar homes will be building and sleeping in shelters made from scavenged materials. As they do this they will be fundraising in order to help the charity to build safe and decent homes around the world.

Approximately 1.6 billion people worldwide live in poverty housing which affects their health, educational and employment opportunities, their ability to care for family and the community's development. Each team will be fundraising at least £2,470 in order to help people currently living in the world's slums and shacks to have a safe place to call home.

Participants from mortgage servicing specialists *Acenden, who are returning  to Hope Challenge after taking part last year said,  "Hearing how much was raised last time made me realise what could be achieved and the gauntlet was well and truly laid down to do even better this year!  Home gives people a sense of belonging which everyone young or old deserves to have. It's a sanctuary from whatever else is happening in a person's life - something constant to rely on. Providing a decent and safe home can be enough to break the cycle of poverty for a family! "

 World Habitat Day 2012 on 1st October will be bringing global attention to basic right of every human being to have adequate shelter. By 2030 it is estimated that almost 3 billion people will be living in substandard housing.

Habitat for Humanity* works alongside communities in 80 countries worldwide, including the UK, to help people to escape poverty through building safe, decent homes. It costs Habitat for Humanity on average £1,235 to build a safe and decent home in the developing world.

Teams at Hope Challenge in 2011 raised £105,000, enough to help 85 families to begin new lives free from poverty in secure and healthy homes. Hope Challenge 2012 is sponsored by the National House-Building Council (NHBC) and CB Richard Ellis.

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*Habitat for Humanity is an international Christian charity that aims to break the cycle of poverty by eliminating poverty housing and homelessness. We believe that everyone,  regardless of background, gender or belief, has a right to a safe, decent place to live. We champion that right and also take practical action, working with communities around the world to empower them to design and manage appropriate housing projects in their neighbourhood. Since 1976 we have helped over 2.5 million people. 

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**Acenden is a full service, residential first and second charge mortgage servicing specialist, offering quality primary, special servicing, securitisation management and cash bond administration services to clients in the UK and Ireland.

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