Delhi, India: Asian Tour champions Shiv Kapur, Chiragh Kumar partnered with Habitat for Humanity India to assist Munna Devi build a home for her family.
They were joined by their wives and 2015 Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit winner and Habitat for Humanity advocate Casey O’Toole of the United States.
Habitat for Humanity – a global organisation committed to providing affordable housing to under-privileged families – is the ‘Sustainable Development Partner’ of the Asian Tour.
In line with the partnership, the Asian Tour’s season-long ranking has been renamed ‘Habitat for Humanity Standings’.
After enjoying a wonderful 2017 season during which he won three times and welcomed his first child, Kapur and his wife, Maya, were delighted to give back to the community in New Delhi by lending their support to Habitat for Humanity.
“We are honoured to be able to support Habitat for Humanity India. Maya and I have always admired the great work they do around the world and we wanted to contribute by helping build homes in a place that is very close to our hearts and make a difference in our own little way,” said Kapur.
The 34-year-old Kumar lauded the initiative by Habitat of Humanity India and hopes the Asian Tour will continue to support and promote their mission to provide decent housing to those in need.
Kumar said: “I strongly believe, as a citizen of the country, it is our responsibility to work together for the betterment of our society. I am happy to be part of this association with Habitat for Humanity India. I hope that one day all Indians will have a decent place to live.”
O’Toole shared his thoughts on being an avid supporter of Habitat for Humanity. “I am excited about being an advocate for Habitat for Humanity. I have been able to see first-hand the impact it is making on people’s lives, and it is something I am very humbled to represent and be a part of,” he said.
Widowed six years ago, Munna Devi is a mother of two daughters and one son. She said: “We were touched by the support of our New Delhi and international visitors who helped build our home. We are eager to complete our new home and cannot wait to move in.”
Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India, said: “We are proud to be the Sustainable Development Partner of the Asian Tour. Globally, Habitat for Humanity’s work aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including SGD Goal 11 – ‘Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’.
“We thank Shiv Kapur, Chiragh Kumar, Casey O’Toole and the Asian Tour team for advocating the cause of affordable housing. This partnership will help more families in need of decent shelter to build the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to improve their lives.”
Rajeev Menon, a Member of the Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity India, said: “At Habitat, we believe that having a decent home is foundational for improving a family’s opportunity for health, education and economic well-being.
“Our work is aligned with the Government of India’s flagship programme of Housing for All and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Driven by the vision to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live, Habitat has served more than 15 million individuals across India to build a better future for themselves.
“We are hopeful that the partnership with Asian Tour and the enhanced visibility will enable us to scale our efforts to serve 60 million individuals in need of decent shelter and sanitation.”
By aligning with the Asian Tour, Habitat for Humanity will leverage the Asian Tour’s global presence to promote its vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
The partnership serves to highlight the work of Habitat for Humanity and, in turn, create awareness among a key demographic group to raise funds, attract volunteers and highlight the plight of those in need of decent shelter in India and around the world.
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