With 1.6 billion people around the world living without adequate shelter, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to remind us of the importance of the work we do at Habitat for Humanity.
In this time when the home serves as the front line of defence against the virus for millions, our work is needed to help them access adequate living conditions to keep them safe.
Overseas we continue to build and repair houses but we have also been able to adapt our programs were necessary to deal with the worst of the pandemic. Education programs on sanitation, distribution of hygiene kits and COVID-19 care centres in India are some of the innovative examples of how Habitat is contributing to the fight against the virus.
At home in Australia, we assisted 213 survivors affected by the Black Summer Bushfires.
Through our partnership with specialist accommodation providers, we continue to focus on the needs of survivors of domestic violence and vulnerable Australians.
It is pleasing to announce that in South Australia, we completed a youth accommodation centre and in 2022 with the support of the Australian government, we plan to build an 8 bedroom house for women escaping violent circumstances.
As an organisation the merger with our affiliate operating in NSW and Queensland has been completed unleashing new opportunities to grow our mission together with our volunteers, staff and supporters.
As we all deal with the challenging circumstances of living through a pandemic, I am heartened more than ever by the generosity of you, our supporters, for trusting us with your funds and time, volunteering with us throughout the past year. With your continued help we can assist those that are suffering build a brighter future and a better world for all.
I am also especially thankful to our staff and Board for their determination, commitment and efforts to grow our programs, enabling us to complete the merger with our affiliate in NSW/Q. And to our supporters, a very sincere thank you. From our donors, corporate sponsors, volunteers and the Australian government, our achievements are not possible without you. Those we work to serve will be grateful for generations.
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