Habitat celebrates double home dedication

After working side by side building their homes with Habitat for Humanity volunteers over the past year, close family friends Fateh & Besma and Ali & Gamra now live across the street from each other. Habitat for Humanity of Dane County held its first in-person double home dedication in the past two years on March 22 in Madison.

Fateh and Besma are originally from Algeria and have lived in Madison for the past 11 years. Fetah studied computer science at the University of Algeria and Besma has a master’s degree in economics. Fateh works at Middleton High School and Besma stays home to take care of their children, 10-year-old daughter, Jenna, and 2-year old son, Shehab. Besma also studies online and will start a CNA program.

Also originally born in Alegria, Ali and Gamra have lived in Madison for the past 13 years. Ali and Gamra are proud parents of a 5-year-old son, Amine, and 3-year-old daughter, Lamis. The family spends time playing with puzzles and going to the playground. Their family goes to the mosque on the west side to meet the community, establish prayer, and learn responsibility and hard work. They are also excited to have a yard for their children to play in and plant flowers.

The two Habitat homes, built with the support of Exact Sciences and Findorff, mark the 322nd and 323rd Habitat homes built in Dane County. Not only did Exact Sciences and J.H. Findorff & Son sponsor Fateh & Besma and Ali & Gamra’s homes, they also rolled up their sleeves and framed both homes in Exact Sciences’ parking lot in June.

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