Habitat for Humanity celebrates first build in Perth

June 29, 2017 by
Makhtar Tall, Perth's newest resident addresses the crowd gathered at his new Habitat for Humanity home

Makhtar Tall, Perth's newest resident addresses the crowd gathered at his new Habitat for Humanity home

Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa’s Perth Chapter celebrated the completion of the first-ever Habitat home in Perth on Wednesday.

Makhtar Tall and his wife Seynabou Badiana are officially first-time homeowners thanks to the Perth Chapter of Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa.

The couple and their three children, who are originally from Senegal, were handed the keys to their brand-new home yesterday afternoon at an official dedication ceremony.

Along with numerous volunteers and community partners like Algonquin College Perth Campus, the Tall family put in about 550 hours to help build the home on Arthur Street.

Makhtar said the family is thankful for the warm welcome. "I am so glad to come to this community," said Tall. "And all my neighbours, I’ve met some of them already, (I am) so grateful."

He also thanked all those who made home-ownership a reality. "I am so glad to get a house like this, to be honest with you. I’m so glad. Thank you Habitat and thank you Algonquin College for giving me this opportunity for my family."

Originally from Senegal, Tall came to Canada about 10 years ago. The family of five was previously living in a two-bedroom apartment in Ottawa. They officially moved into their new home a few days ago.

Perth Mayor John Fenik addresses the crowd at the key ceremony for Habitat for Humanity's first build in Perth

Perth Mayor John Fenik addresses the crowd at the Key Ceremony for Habitat for Humanity's first build in Perth

Chris Hahn, Dean of the Perth Campus of Algonquin College at the Key Ceremony for Habitat for Humanity's first build in Perth

Chris Hahn, Dean of the Perth Campus of Algonquin College at the Key Ceremony for Habitat for Humanity's first build in Perth

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