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Shelter for those with HIV/AIDS

Habitat for Humanity hopes to lend a little stability to the lives of HIV/AIDS patients and their families with new homes, announcing on Monday that they will build 220 houses by 2016.

Slated for Phnom Penh and Kandal, the new homes are intended to help allay some of the shelter and discrimination problems faced by individuals living with the disease in poverty.

Habitat Australia donated $500,000 for the construction project, with each 31.5-square-metre homes and accompanying land costing an estimated $5,000, according to Iv Bonnakar, Habitat’s Southeast Asia program coordinator.

“We think that shelter is a human right,” he said.

Since 2004, Habitat for Humanity has spent $2.2 million to help resettle 734 HIV-positive Cambodians and their families.

According to the National AIDS Authority, an estimated 76,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia, with an average of three new infections every day.

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