Building hopes brick by brick

Published: 16th October 2012 11:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th October 2012 11:22 AM   |  A+A-


To uplift the underprivileged, a group of employees of a construction firm in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, an NGO, are planning to donate houses.

For every apartment sold as part of their project, they will donate over 1400 homes in the next three years in various parts of the state.

Joseph Mathai, Director,Habitat for Humanity said, “We believe that poverty can be addressed by solving the housing needs. An affordable shelter to a family goes a long way in lifting the family out of poverty and gives an opportunity to rebuild their lives.

We are happy with the kind of support for this cause from many people. We will continue to rehabilitate and provide shelter for the needy and underprivileged in all possible ways.”

More than 1400 houses will be built in Karnataka and they have already identified 100 families in Bangalore urban and semi-urban areas. 

The areas covered include Siddhapura, Hegde Nagar, Hennur, Geddalahalli, Horamavu, Lingarajapuram, Ullalu, Seehalli, Koramangala, Kothnur and BTM Layout.

"We will be providing financial support for Habitat and execute the project along with them. We urge fellow real estate developers to join hands to provide shelter for all,” said Jai Ganesh, Vice President of the construction firm.

Habitat tries to advocate the cost effective ‘Save and Build model’ “There are people who earn just Rs 10,000 per month and it is difficult for them to afford a house. We identify people who are daily wage workers, autorickshaw drivers, maid servants and people who don’t have a shelter,” explains Joseph.

To tackle the issue of sanitation in the state, the NGO is also planning to inculcate good sanitation habits.

“We are planning and proposing to build 500 toilets in the rural areas of Karnataka.


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