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Local Single Mom From Sudan Working With Habitat for Humanity to Build New Home

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KENNEWICK, WA - Nationwide there are about 10 million single moms out there. One of those special moms, a mother of five, spent the weekend with volunteers from Habitat for Humanity.
They are working on her new house and just in time for Mother's Day.

Sunday ends National Women's Build Week which is a way to inspire women to get out and lend a hand and help build someone's home.

After months and months of hard work and lots of volunteers, one more woman's home is almost done and she says it is the best Mother's Day gift she could ever receive.

"I  feel happy because my house is coming up for Mothers Day that's a big gift for Mother's Day," said Mary Ban, who has been living in the U.S. for 20 years. 

"I'm so happy, this is my first house in the United States," she added. 

Ban moved here from Sudan to escape the violence and dangers of war.

She said, "it's been long but now it's close."

Thanks to Habitat for Humanity of the Tri-Cities, Ban's house will be done in about a month, it has been more than a year since they began construction.

Mary has five kids, the youngest one is six and the oldest are in college. She said it has been a happy time, getting the family to work together on the house, but there has also some sadness.

"I miss one part because...my husband got killed last year in African war he was here in the U.S. and he went back to visit family," Ban explained, "we miss that part."

Working through the loss, Ban said she already feels at home and is forever grateful for the people that are helping make her family's dream a reality.