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This enthusiasm has been renewed with an update from the Indonesian family that recently moved into a newly built home in the village. Building a house from scratch, using their hands and basic equipment, gave the Australian volunteers a strong understanding of how communities in third world countries live, and how they come together to help each other.
Panjono, his wife Parti and their two daughters had been living with Parti’s large family in sub-standard housing. Panjono is the income earner and has a job in a clothing factory. For 10 years he and Parti had dreamt of having their own home, however a limited income, with the challenges of living and education costs, had meant a house wasn’t attainable.
Hearing that Habitat for Humanity would be selecting families from the village for a building program, Panjono and Parti applied. Habitat attended their home for an assessment and identified them as a family in need.
The report assessed that the walls were made of wood, the floor was dirt and the only toilet was outside. The roof structure was unstable and would often leak during the long rainy season. Lighting was limited which made it difficult for his daughter, Silvia to complete her homework at night.
They were full of excitement about finally having a home, as well as apprehension about communicating with the Australian volunteers who were going to help them build it. However, the feedback from USG Boral team members Karl Donaghy and Shikha Shivangni indicated that this wasn’t a problem at all.
According to Panjono, “The volunteers were very kind and generous, beyond my imagination. We miss having them here with us.”
While the team left the house to be finished by the local community, recent correspondence from Panjono assures them the build has been completed, and it is very strong, “…because I know how the volunteers made everything when they built this house. The wall is very hard. I had tried to hang the picture of the volunteers - it’s not easy to put a nail into it!”
As USG Boral team member Karl Donagh said when reading the update from Habitat for Humanity “It got the emotions going.”
Habitat for Humanity is the world’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing for low-income families. Research shows that a stable, secure home gives people the opportunity to be healthier, happier and more secure, and for children to be better nourished and better educated.
For further information contact:
Anastasia Narkiewicz, USG Boral +61 3 9214 2173
Habitat for Humanity +61 2 9919 7000 E: firstname.lastname@example.org