Habitat Africa/Middle East: Namalere, Uganda

Andrew Makwiti and his wife Juliet Aseere have adopted seven orphans, including 7 year-old Irene Mela (pictured).  The couple’s community nominated them for a house through Habitat Uganda’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children program.  Andrew helped to build their new house, providing materials such as bricks, concrete and even food for the local workers who helped in the construction.  The family says the house is a vast improvement over their former cramped, grass-thatched mud house, which used to be “thick as dust” with fleas and rats.  The family talks of their improved standing in the community, and the bonds they have formed with other couples who have taken in orphans and vulnerable children: “We are like brothers and sisters,” Juliet says.© Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein
Namalere, Uganda, December 10, 2010

Andrew Makwiti and his wife Juliet Aseere have adopted seven orphans, including 7 year-old Irene Mela (pictured). The couple’s community nominated them for a house through Habitat Uganda’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children program. Andrew helped to build their new house, providing materials such as bricks, concrete and even food for the local workers who helped in the construction. The family says the house is a vast improvement over their former cramped, grass-thatched mud house, which used to be “thick as dust” with fleas and rats. The family talks of their improved standing in the community, and the bonds they have formed with other couples who have taken in orphans and vulnerable children: “We are like brothers and sisters,” Juliet says. 

© Habitat for Humanity International/Ezra Millstein