Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Proman partners with Habitat for Humanity for World Habitat Day

Members of the Proman Family of Companies joined Habitat for
Humanity Trinidad & Tobago for a volunteer initiative in December 2019 at KP
Lands in Valencia.

Members of the Proman Family of Companies joined Habitat for Humanity Trinidad & Tobago for a volunteer initiative in December 2019 at KP Lands in Valencia.

The Proman family of companies joined Habitat for Humanity on October 5 to celebrate World Habitat Day.

Established by the United Nations, the day seeks to recognise a human being’s basic right to adequate shelter and housing, as well as encourage efforts to ensure the sustainable transformation of towns and cities.

Proman has been collaborating with Habitat for Humanity in Trinidad & Tobago on local community projects since 2012 and in 2019 launched a global partnership with Habitat for Humanity International.

In the first two years, the partnership was intended to improve the homes and lives of over 1,300 families and individuals locally, in Europe and the United States.

Proman, through its partnership with Habitat for Humanity, has completed a series of interactive training activities and critical repair work and assessments for several families throughout communities in T&T.

Home Construction & Repairs

Following the lifting of mandatory Government COVID-19 restrictions, the Habitat project team along with support from contractors, completed critical repair and renovations work for 10 families. An additional three home renovation projects are underway with 19 more scheduled to start before the end of the year. Micro-projects which include the repair of retaining walls are currently in progress. Additionally, 20 project assessments have been completed, helping us to reach the deliverable target of 75 before the end of 2020.

Community Capacity Building & Training

The Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) community consultations and vulnerability mapping have been completed across four communities utilising both on-the-ground consultations and virtual sessions, with an additional two communities already in progress across Trinidad.

In June 2020, Proman jointly sponsored a Home Construction Training module for the first Engineering Battalion of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, which helped to improve disaster response skills during hurricane season and will aid in the construction of safe and resilient housing.

Other training activities include the Healthy Housing training session which commenced in June with 20 participants and estimated to reach 50 individuals.

Meanwhile, the inaugural Carpenters and Masons training session also commenced in June and is expected to train 50 persons before the end of the year.

Speaking on Proman’s celebration of World Habitat Day, Claus Cronberger, Managing Director at Proman in Trinidad said: “The Proman family of companies is delighted to recognise our partnership with Habitat for Humanity as we celebrate World Habitat Day.”

Cronberger added: “This year’s celebration comes at a time when we are all contending with the varied consequences of the Covid-19 global pandemic. Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity has given our team the opportunity to engage directly in sustainable community volunteer initiatives prior to the onset of the pandemic. Going forward we must find new and innovative ways to continue this meaningful work to support our communities and our people, as we adjust to the new normal”.

“The Proman family of companies commend the work being done by our Habitat partners and salute their good work on the celebration of World Habitat Day.”

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