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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

CIH President follows slum trail

14/01/2010


The latest episode of 'Slumming It' airs tonight, and coincides with a visit this week by CIH President Howard Farrand, to see the work being done by Homeless International – his Presidential Appeal for 2010.

Viewers of Channel 4 in recent weeks will have been able to follow the latest exploits of Presenter Kevin McCloud in his TV new series ‘Slumming It’, filmed in Dharavi, India. The latest episode airs tonight, and coincides with a visit this week by CIH President Howard Farrand, to see the work being done by Homeless International – his Presidential Appeal for 2010.

Dharavi in Mumbai is one of the most densely populated places on earth. With a million people crammed into one square mile, it is also one of Asia's biggest slums. In his first full day of the visit Howard spent all of his time in the community and on the streets to see first hand how people are working to improve their lives with the help of Homeless International.

Howard said: "Most of my first day was spent with the women of Dharavi's slums. I met the 'Mahila Milan’ (Women Together) - a powerful force in these slum communities as both state and national government has come to recognise. Their work – with help from Homeless International – is transforming the lives of thousands of slum and pavement dwellers.

"Many of them may be illiterate, poor and living in pavement shelters that are scheduled for demolition. But sitting with them, shoeless, in their ten foot by ten foot homes, makes you realise that it would be insulting to think of any of them as victims. They certainly don't see themselves in this way. In reality they are a highly organised community of interest that have learned to use their network of connections to mobilise pavement and slum dwellers into action", said Howard.

You can follow more of Howard’s experiences this week on his President’s Blog: http://www.cih.org/presidentsblog.

*ENDS*

News release issued on behalf of the CIH by Jill Dwyer, CIH Press Office, Octavia House, Westwood Way, Coventry CV4 8JP. Telephone: 02476 851780 or 07786 716961. Email: press@cih.org .

Notes to Editors:

1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the professional body for people involved in housing and communities. We are a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. We have a diverse and growing membership of over 22,000 – both in the public and private sectors – living and working in over 20 countries on five continents across the world. Our members work for local authorities, housing associations, Arms Length Management Organisations, Government bodies, educational establishments and the private sector. Many tenants and residents are also members. We exist to maximise the contribution that housing professionals make to the wellbeing of communities. Further information is available at: www.cih.org

2. To donate to the Appeal please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/CIHPresidentialAppeal2009-2010

3. For more information about the work of Homeless International please visit: http://www.homeless-international.org/Home_1.aspx?id=0:907&sw=1280&sh=996&sd=32&ww=879&wh=24

4. For more information about the work of Homeless International visit: http://www.channel4.com/4homes/on-tv/kevin-mccloud-slumming-it/kevin-mccloud-slumming-it-episode-one-10-01-06_p_1.html


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