MEET RICHARD, SIDEKICK AND HEALTHY HOMES HERO
Damp, cold homes are unfortunately far too commonplace here in Aotearoa. Heating a home is difficult and sometimes costly for many families. Up to 38% of heat can be lost through windows. This not only contributes to a cold home but makes homes much more expensive to heat.
Since 2018, 18,400 curtains have been fitted in 1,435 homes through Habitat for Humanity’s Curtain Bank, thanks to support from Mercury and the Starship Foundation.
Meet one of Habitat for Humanity’s curtain installers and sidekicks , Richard. A skilful worker who is part of a team that helps families in need to stay warm in winter. He has been working for Habitat for over a year and has helped many families warm their homes by installing well-fitted curtains. When asked what the most rewarding part of his job is, Richard responded with: “Literally warming up houses.” He not only feels rewarded by delivering curtains to families but also by delivering winter warmer packs, which include heaters, duvets, and draught-stopping items.
When curtains get delivered and installed, Richard and the curtain installation team also perform home assessments to check the health of the homes. These reports then go to landlords to have any issues fixed as soon as possible. Always willing to get involved, connect with the community and lend a helping hand, Richard often supports families with more than curtain installation - “We often do the odd fixing up jobs as well – (today) I fixed a window because both locks were broken, so I put a new one on. It means the window isn’t ajar all day and all night. If we can do it in the timeframe we have, we always give it a go.”
The effect of a comfortable night’s sleep in a warm home is life-changing for children. Richard has delivered and installed hundreds of curtains enabling hundreds of families to live in warmer and healthier homes, like Chenoa’s.
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