Manhattan Area Habitat for Humanity held groundbreaking for new home

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Manhattan Area Habitat for Humanity held a groundbreaking ceremony for their 28th build in the Little Apple.

Saturday, the Maroua family broke ground on their future home with the help of Habitat for Humanity.

The family of eight originally from Niger moved to Manhattan two-years ago for better opportunities-- now they're happy to become a part of the community that’s welcomed them with open arms.

Future Habitat for Humanity Homewoner Issoufou Marou said, “The community is very nice and people gave us all the information we need, among that information habitat was one of them.”

Soon the Maroua’s will have a five-bedroom home. A lifelong dream of theirs that’s finally coming true.

“Its very, very nice to have to have your own house in the US so that is very challenging, so we met our goal,” explained Fati Cisse Yero Alzouma.

Habitat for humanity partnered with Frontier Construction and Anderson Knight Architects to design and build the home.

Principle Architect Tracy Anderson said donating time lines up with the company’s core values.

“We’re constantly looking for opportunities to offer our services we do day in and day out that can help the community and affordable housing like that habitat for humanity does," said Anderson.

The Maroua’s will help build their home with their own hands with the help of volunteers and Habitat for Humanity.

Manhattan Area Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Karmen Davenport said, “We’re just so excited to be able to partner with them and provide this opportunity for homeownership for the first time in the United States.”

For the Maroua’s this will be their new forever home.

“We are lucky to get a house here and we will definitely raise our kids here, they are going to attend school,” said Maroua.

Construction will begin soon and they expect the home to be complete early next year.