11:30 a.m., Dec. 19)
families get early Christmas present from Habitat for
By Fred Sherwin
El Bayadi family celebrates receiving the
keys to their Habitat for Humanity home on
Nantes Drive. Fred Sherwin/Photo
families have a lot to celebrate this holiday season after
receiving the keys to their new Habitat for Humanity homes
of the families received their Habitat for Humanity homes
on Nantes Drive in Avalon during a key presentation ceremony
attended by the organizations sponsors and some of the
dozens of volunteers who helped build them.
four families were extremely grateful for the opportunity
to become new homeowners.
El Bayadi family immigrated to Canada from Morocco in
2008. They lived in a series of apartments over the past
six years, the most recent of which was on St. Joseph
unable to secure a mortgage on their own, Abdelkrim and
Nadia El Bayadi applied for a Habitat for Humanity home
after their one of their neighbours qualified for one
of the Nantes Drive homes last spring.
the Habitat for Humanity program, potential recipients
must meet several criteria, among them the ability to
pay a predetermined interest free mortgage. They must
also invest a minimum of 500 hours into the construction
of their home as a downpayment.
recipient homeowners spend hundreds of hours working on
other Habitat projects long after they move into their
now, the El Bayadis are focused on turning their new house
into a home. They still have to move their furnishings
and other belongings. About the only thing they have determined
is who gets what bedroom.
wanted the bigger bedroom but I lost rock, paper, scissors
to my brother," said nine-year-old Youseff, who is
thrilled to be living just down the street from his new
school. His older brother Hicham goes to Louis-Riel.
who was a financial controller in Morocco, currently works
at Cité collégiale while Nadia teaches French
at a private school in Ottawa.
and Louis Leduc are also extremely grateful to finally
own their own home, as is there 16-year-old son Carlo.
In order to fulfill their volunteer hours commitment they
have worked in Habitat's ReStore as well as on a number
of other fundraising initiatives, not to mention their
other two homes have been mortgaged to the Muse-Mohamud
family and the Ahmed familiy.
and Sadia Muse-Mohamud immigrated to Canada from Somalia
20 years ago. They now have six children between the ages
of six and 18.
works as a custodian for the Ottawa Catholic while Sadia
is a busy stay at home mom. Up until now they lived in
a four bedroom rent to income townhouse.
couple is hopeful that by realizing the dream of owning
their own home in a safe suburban neighbourhood. PPrior
to receiving the keys to their new home they lived in
subsidized housing in an Ottawa neighbourhood where the
kids were at risk of being inolved or victimized by criminal
shows that the safety and security afforded by a safe,
affordable home is a major contributor to long-term life
success, especially for children of Habitat families.
Ahmed family also lived in subsidized housing. After first
fleeing from their native Somalia to Kenya, they immigrated
to Canada in 1997. They lived in Halifax for two years
before moving to Ottawa. Mohamed Ahmed was an industrial
engineer in Somalia. He now works as a commissionaire
for the federal government while his wife Zahra takes
care of their six children at home.
four new families join three families who moved into their
Nantes Drive homes in 2013. Habitat still plans to build
another duplex on the site for two more deserving families.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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