India: Nissan to build 30 green homes in Tamilnadu

Today, Nissan and Habitat for Humanity announced the launch of a new project aimed at providing sustainable housing for 30 families in India. The initiative, which will build homes incorporating green and environmentally sustainable components such as solar lighting, will be based in Pazhanthandalam village in Kancheepuram district in Tamil Nadu.

The announcement expands Nissan’s existing global partnership with Habitat for Humanity International which has already seen collaboration on various housing projects in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. As part of this ongoing partnership, the companies have also established a disaster response fund with the goal of creating natural disaster-resistant communities.

Nissan has been donating vehicles to support construction efforts and its employees are also involved in volunteer activities across the regions. Commenting on the launch of the India project, Takayuki Ishida, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd., stated: “Nissan and Habitat have built a strong relationship of trust through our global partnership.

Through actively promoting volunteerism and by funding home building projects, Nissan is committed to making housing affordable in the communities where our employees and customers live. “In Tamil Nadu, we have already built 75 houses and are pleased to further contribute to build more affordable and sustainable housing.

Our staff will participate in construction support activities together with selected family members in Tamil Nadu.” Eric Christopher, CEO, Habitat for Humanity India said, “Nissan’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity in India, and several countries in Asia Pacific, enables families to live in healthy, secure houses and rebuild their lives.

This assistance from Nissan helps Habitat for Humanity work towards achieving its vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We thank Nissan for their donation to assist families who are greatly affected by poverty. Nissan’s support will help relieve families who are struggling by giving them stability and an opportunity to start a new life.”

Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, added: “We are delighted to be expanding our partnership with Nissan. The commitment to enrich peoples’ lives will result in opportunities for a better future for 580 families globally who face the challenges of disasters and living in poverty. Together with the family partners, Nissan and Habitat will build homes, communities and hope.”

At the launch event today in India, beneficiaries of this partnership expressed their gratitude at the opportunity to have a place to call their own. Amongst them was Mrs. Rajam Mari, who said: “I don’t have anybody in the world to support me financially or physically in my old age, so I am extremely grateful to both Nissan and Habitat for Humanity for helping to provide a roof over my head.”

Source: Chennai Patrika

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