Habitat for Humanity Receives Award

Washington, DC: The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) has announced that Habitat for Humanity will receive the 2006 “Kahlil Gibran Spirit” of Humanity Award for Institutional Achievement in recognition of its efforts to end the cycle of homelessness and poverty that millions of families endure.
"Kahlil Gibran was an inspiring author, artist and poet whose works have spoken to millions of people from all backgrounds in dozens of languages around the world," said Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity International's chief executive officer. "Habitat for Humanity itself seeks to embody many of the ideals Gibran embraced and to be similarly universal in its work to build decent housing with families from all races, religions and languages. We are deeply honored to be recognized by the Arab American Institute Foundation with the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Award."
Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 homes for families in need throughout the world, providing more than one million people with secure and affordable housing. Through community and volunteer efforts, Habitat builds and rehabilitates houses in conjunction with the homeowner families who invest their own time and labor into the project. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable no-interest loans.
Habitat has active programs in Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon. Additionally, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Habitat announced “Operation Home Delivery,” a program designed to provide housing to those made homeless by the storm.
Past recipients of this award include Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Rock the Vote, Amnesty International, Reading is Fundamental, ALSAC/ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the YWCA of the USA. Each awardee has demonstrated a commitment to promoting co-existence and inclusion in all walks of life.
Habitat for Humanity CEO, Jonathan Reckford, will accept the award on behalf of Habitat for Humanity. Information on the organization and its members may be found at www.habitat.org.



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