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Home Owning Dream Comes True

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Monday 14 January 2013
Home Owning Dream Comes True
UCOL and the Manawatu Team of Habitat for Humanity have joined to make a family’s dream to own a home come true this week.

Built by UCOL Carpentry students in a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the project has enabled Congolese refugee Mathilde MBani and her family to move into a brand new affordable home.

The house was completed with the help of volunteers including Mathilde’s 19 year old son Steva who completed a pre-apprentice Carpentry programme at UCOL last year.

The rent Mathilde pays for the house will be affordable, based on her earnings, and will go towards purchase of the house.

The house building started last year on a site adjacent to UCOL in Princess Street but was shifted to its permanent site in Upham Terrace in Roslyn.

Habitat is a charity with a vision of creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The Palmerston North house project followed an approach by UCOL, wanting to establish a win-win partnership with Habitat to allow UCOL building trade students practice their construction skills.

When: Thursday 17 January 2013 from 4:30pm
5:00pm - speeches and the official dedication

Where: 3b Upham Terrace, Roslyn


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