Tsunami Relief at Almost $350,000
The NAHB tsunami relief fund to provide long-term shelter reconstruction support to those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in South Asia on Dec. 26 has reached almost $350,000.
NAHB and the National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of NAHB, have established the Home Builders Care/National Housing Endowment-Tsunami Shelter Fund to provide long-term relief for victims of the quake in the Indian Ocean that set off one of the deadliest tsunamis in history, killing an estimated 280,000 people in 11 countries and leaving 1.2 million people homeless.
The Tsunami Shelter Fund now totals $347,284.60 and is still growing. NAHB seeded the fund with an initial contribution of $250,000. Additional funds have been donated by members and industry supporters.
NAHB and the endowment have designated Habitat for Humanity International and Shelter for Life International to be the recipients of the Home Builders Care/National Housing Endowment-Tsunami Relief Fund.
Fund Will Establish a Disaster Response Technical Center
NAHB has directed a portion of the funds raised by the Tsunami Shelter Fund to support the construction of a Disaster Response Technical Center in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, which already is working in four of the affected nations in South Asia. The center will provide technical expertise and assistance to families, Habitat affiliates and partners during the first stages of construction and are a resource to produce building materials, which are becoming scarce.
Fund Will Build a ‘Home Builders Care Village' in Sri Lanka
The other portion of the funds raised through the Tsunami Shelter Fund will be used to partner with Shelter For Life International to build a “Home Builders Care Village” of starter homes in Sri Lanka. Shelter For Life is a 25-year-old international relief and development organization that assists people affected by conflict or disaster to rebuild and improve their lives and communities.
Please help by making a tax deductible donation to the Home Builders Care/National Housing Endowment-Tsunami Shelter Fund. Money raised by the National Housing Endowment will be granted to one or more U.S. charitable relief organizations working to help tsunami survivors obtain temporary and permanent shelter.
Please direct your donation check to:
National Housing Endowment
1201 15th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Checks should be made payable to the National Housing Endowment and, in the memo section, please note the "Tsunami Shelter Fund."
The NAHB Senior Officers have selected Past President Bob Mitchell to oversee and guide this fundraising effort.
For more information, contact Troy Patterson at the National Housing Endowment at 800-368-5242 x8483 or Kym Kilbourne in NAHB Public Affairs, x8447.