Habitat 1More than 30 volunteers, including state Rep. Dee Morikawa, joined Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity on Saturday to help build affordable housing in recognition of National Women Build Week, May 2-10.

Volunteers built walls at the Kaua‘i Habitat baseyard in Hanapepe to be used in the first two-to-four homes in the ‘Ele‘ele Iluna Subdivision in ‘Ele‘ele.

“It’s really an honor to be here,” Morikawa said in a press release. “It is Women Build Week which is why I committed to do this so long ago.”

The ‘Ele‘ele Iluna Subdivision will provide 107 affordable homes. This project creates the most affordable homes for Kaua‘i families in the least amount of time. Currently, Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity is the only affiliate in the islands working to combat the affordable housing crisis through subdivision development.

State Rep. Dee Morikawa

State Rep. Dee Morikawa

National Women Build Week is a weeklong event created by Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program that challenges women to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. Across the nation, more than 15,000 women volunteered at Habitat construction sites last week to spotlight the homeownership challenges faced by women.

Lowe’s helped to launch National Women Build Week in 2008 and each year provides the support of Lowe’s Heroes and conducts how-to clinics at stores to teach volunteers construction skills.

“National Women Build Week has made a difference in the lives of thousands of families since its inception,” said Joan Higginbotham, Lowe’s director of community relations. “We’re grateful to all the women of Kaua‘i who got involved this week and were part of something bigger with Lowe’s and Habitat.”

Habitat 3Lowe’s donated nearly $2 million to this year’s National Women Build Week, including a $5,000 store gift card to Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity. National Women Build Week is one of the major initiatives supported through Lowe’s national partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped more than 4,000 families improve their living conditions.

Habitat’s Women Build program recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent and affordable homes in their communities. Since the program was created in 1998, more than 2,300 homes have been built in partnership with low-income families using Women Build crews.

Visit Habitat.org/wb or the Women Build tab on http://www.facebook.com/habitat for more information.[/fusion_text]