Former Qualfon employee gets Habitat for Humanity home

Habitat for Humanity Guyana (HfHG) Inc through its Buy-a-Block 2012 initiative has constructed a home for former Qualfon Guyana employee, Kaminie Chichester.

A release from Habitat said that Chichester, a mother of three,  used to live in a one-bedroom house with inadequate toilet facilities and living space.  When illness forced her to cease working, she believed her dream of home ownership had ended, the release said.  However, after working at Qualfon Guyana for over 20 years, Chichester had won the hearts of many at the local office and at the company’s headquarters in Mexico.  The organisation then partnered with HfHG to construct a two-bedroom home.  The construction process saw Qualfon staff volunteering their time and providing labour at various stages.  Chichester expressed gratitude to HfHG and Qualfon for the effort made to provide her with a home which will enhance her quality of life.

National Director, HfHG, Rawle Small (seated-second left); home owner, Kamanie Chichester (seated – third left), sponsors of the Buy-a-Block 2012 initiative; and HfHG staff. (Habitat photo)
National Director, HfHG, Rawle Small (seated-second left); home owner, Kamanie Chichester (seated – third left), sponsors of the Buy-a-Block 2012 initiative; and HfHG staff. (Habitat photo)

HfHG’s Buy-a-Block initiative is an annual resource mobilisation campaign that engages local donor organizations, groups, and individuals in a year-long campaign to raise finances, which equal the total cost of the number of concrete blocks required to build either of two types of Habitat homes.  Chichester benefited from a two-bedroom ground level home, which required 1,846 blocks. The release said that the initiative was supported by several organisations including Qualfon Guyana, Courts, Best Buy Auto Sales, Body Max gym, Demerara Bank, Footsteps, Bounty Meat Centre, Fat Boy’s, HJ Entertainment, the Inner Wheel Club of Georgetown, and Calvary Baptist Church.

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