The home was built for Cecile Kahindo, who fled war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo 10 years ago. After four years in a refugee camp in Uganda, she made her way to Lexington. She and her daughters had been living in a small apartment for nearly three years before they moved into their new home.
Kahindo contributed 250 hours to helping build her home and taking home-ownership classes as part of the Habitat requirement known as “sweat equity.” Her house was dedicated last month, and Kahindo recently moved in with her daughters, Furaha, 11, Deborah, 5, and Victoria, 1.
“My two older girls helped with the build and getting the house ready for us to move in,” Kahindo said. “We’re very happy. To have your own house makes you strong and inspires you to work really hard, because you know what you’re paying for will one day be yours.”
Lexmark Habitat volunteer co-coordinator Chris Case was among the 70 Lexmarkers who contributed about 600 hours to building the house from April into July.
“It is so rewarding to work with my Lexmark colleagues each year to build a Habitat for Humanity house,” Case said. “I’m already looking forward to working on next year’s house,” he added.
As for Kahindo, she is forever grateful to Habitat for Humanity and Lexmark.
“I want to say thank you to everyone at the company, especially the volunteers who were there for us and were all so nice,” Kahindo said. “Thank you for everything to make my dream come true.”