The social housing NGO kicked off the celebrations with the Annual Hunger Banquet at the Hilton Trinidad on 13 March, where the highlight of the evening was the presentation of twelve (12) "Spirit of Humanity Awards" to stellar supporters of Habitat's work during the first two decades.
The awardees included:
• Clive Pantin of the Foundation for the Enhancement and Enrichment of Life, who introduced Habitat for Humanity International to Trinidad and Tobago;
• Former Presidents and Patrons Sir Ellis Clarke and George Maxwell Richards, for their championing the cause of housing access for all;
• Ronald Harford, the chairman of Habitat's Capital Campaign, who was instrumental in Habitat achieving its goal of 500 shelters buil in 20 years;
• Chanka Seeterram, the longest-serving Chairman of Habitat's Board of Directors;
• Austin Peay State University, from Tennessee USA, the most consistent International Volunteer Group;
• TECU Credit Union Cooperative Society Ltd, for broad-based financial and volunteer support;
• Coosal's Group of Companies for TTD 1.5Million in construction materials donations;
• and Republic Bank, the National Gas Company, BP Trinidad & Tobago and Atlantic LNG Company for major corporate sponsorship.
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Monica Ramirez, the Director of Husing and Human Settlements for the Latin America and Caribbean Region at Habitat International presented the awards in company with Derwin Howell, Habitat Trinidad and Tobago's Board Chairman.
Habitat Homeowners Carlos Greene and Anna HArry, spoke on behalf of the 3500-plus persons who have worked with Habitat to build, renovate or repair their homes; Anna was particulary eloquent when describing her joy and relief at completing the 500th Habitat house last December.
Habitat concludes its celebrations this weekend with the Leaders Build in collaboration with the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce on March 19th in La Romaine. Leaving behind suits and smartphones, putting on hard hats and taking up hammers and paint brushes, top executives and business leaders will work together alongside Habitat Homeowners to build or improve a place they can call home. Work on the site begins at 9am, the Dedication Ceremony will begin at 12 noon.
A map to the site can be found at the link below:
Damani's Home La Romain
For more information, directions to the work site and to book interviews with Habitat and the Chamber, please contact the undersigned. You can keep abreast of all our 20th anniversary events online using the hashtag #habitattnt20