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Refugee family thankful they'll 'have a better place to live' when Habitat home is finished

Young Mwanjuma is already dreaming of the day she will have her very own room. She knows it will be purple and she also knows that none of her three brothers will be allowed to enter – ever.

“I can’t wait!” she said.

 (Photo from Lexington Habitat for Humanity)

Patu Venance and Mwashite Ramadhani and their four children will soon be able to move into a Habitat for Humanity Home now under construction. (Photo from Lexington Habitat for Humanity)

Mwanjuma is the oldest child and only girl in her family. Her brothers, Lukumani, age 6, and Ramadhani, 3, are also looking forward to the day when they will have a backyard to play in safely.

Her parents, Patu Venance and Mwashite Ramadhani, will soon be owners of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home thanks to Lexington Habitat and the generosity of their sponsors. They look forward to leaving behind their current apartment, where water drips from the upstairs apartment and soaks their living room carpet, and where the hot water often doesn’t work in the kitchen.

“We are very happy,” Patu said. “My family will have a better place to live, a place just for our family.”

Patu and Mwashite, members of the Bilal mosque, are natives of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Patu was a kindergarten teacher and Mwashite was a caterer. They came to the United States in 2010 after living as refugees in Tanzania. Patu works at ABM Janitorial and Mwashite works at Bluegrass Nursing Home. The couple also has an infant son, Ashraf.

“This is a very special time for our family,” said Patu. “We are very thankful.”

Patu and Mwashite began construction on their home at 1812 Millbank Road just last week in partnership with Schneider Electric.

From Lexington Habitat for Humanity

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