AT stars partner with NGO Habitat for Humanity India to support families in need of decent housing
New Delhi, March 15: Asian Tour champions Shiv Kapur, Chiragh Kumar along with their wives partnered with Habitat for Humanity India to assist Munna Devi build a home for her family in Begumpur, New Delhi. They were joined by 2015 Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit winner and Habitat for Humanity advocate Casey O’Toole of the United States.
Habitat for Humanity – a global organization committed to provide affordable housing to the underprivileged families – is the ‘Sustainable Development Partner’ of the Asian Tour. In line with the new partnership, the Asian Tour’s season-long ranking has been renamed as “Habitat for Humanity Standings.”
After enjoying a wonderful 2017 season where he won three times and welcomed his first child, Kapur and his wife Maya were delighted to give back to the community in New Delhi by lending their support to Habitat for Humanity.
“We are very honoured to be able to support Habitat for Humanity India. Maya and I have always admired the great work they do around the world and we wanted to contribute by helping build homes in a place that is very close to our hearts and make a difference in our own little way”, said Kapur.
The 34-year-old Kumar lauded the initiative by Habitat of Humanity India and hopes the Asian Tour stars will continue to support and promote their mission to provide decent housing to those in need.
Kumar said, “I strongly believe, as a citizen of the country, it is our responsibility to work together for the betterment of our society. I am happy to be part of this association with Habitat for Humanity India. I hope that one day all Indians will have a decent place to live.”
O’Toole shared his thoughts on being an avid supporter of Habitat for Humanity. “I am excited about being an advocate for Habitat for Humanity. I have been able to see first-hand the impact it is making on people’s lives, and it is something I am very humbled to represent and be a part of,” he said.
“We were touched by the support of our New Delhi and international visitors who helped build our home. We are eager to complete our new home and cannot wait to move in,” said Munna Devi with a smile on her face. Munna Devi is a mother of two daughters and one son. Widowed six years ago, Munna Devi is determined to give her children a better future.
Speaking about the partnership Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India said, “We are proud to be the Sustainable Development Partner of the prestigious Asian Tour. Globally, Habitat for Humanity’s work aligns with the United Nations Sustainable
Development Goals, including SGD Goal 11 – ‘Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’. We thank Shiv Kapur, Chiragh Kumar, Casey O’Toole and the Asian Tour team for advocating the cause of affordable housing. This partnership will help more families in need of decent shelter to build the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to improve their lives.”
Rajeev Menon, Member – Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity India said “At Habitat, we believe that having a decent home is foundational for improving a family’s opportunity for health, education and economic wellbeing. Our work is aligned with the Government of India’s flagship programme of Housing for All and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Driven by the vision to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live, Habitat has served more than 15,00,000 individuals across India to build a better future for themselves. We are hopeful that the partnership with Asian Tour and the enhanced visibility will enable us to scale our efforts to serve 60 million individuals in need of decent shelter and sanitation.”
By aligning with the Asian Tour, Habitat for Humanity will leverage the Asian Tour’s global presence to promote its vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The partnership serves to highlight the work of Habitat for Humanity and in turn, create awareness among a key demographic group to raise funds, attract volunteers and highlight the plight of those in need of decent shelter in India and around the world.
About Habitat for Humanity India
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. In India since 1983, Habitat for Humanity has supported more than 1.5 million people to build or improve a place they can call home. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower.
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