The Publication of Habitat for Humanity International | December 2001 / January 2002
World Leaders Build Reaches Around the Globe
Asia / Pacific
Europe / CIS
Latin America / Caribbean
Africa / Middle
East Region
US / Canada

World Leaders Build Worldwide
While former U.S. President Jimmy Carter labored on simple, decent houses during the Jimmy Carter Work Project in the Republic of Korea, dignitaries from around the world joined volunteers in more than 40 nations during Habitat for Humanity’s World Leaders Build. More than 1,000 houses were worked on or completed in HFH’s five regions during the global building effort that focused attention on poverty housing and the plight of people in need of decent shelter. Here are some additional WLB highlights from each region.

Africa/Middle East
Botswana: Celebrating the World Leaders Build on Saturday, Aug. 11, Habitat for Humanity Botswana dedicated the country’s 700th house. Minister of Lands, Housing and Environment Jacob Nkate presided over the dedication after joining more than a dozen local homeowners and Global Village volunteers from the United States and Canada.

Ethiopia: President Negaso Gidada dedicated 10 houses as part of Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia’s WLB on Aug. 4. Nearly 250 people attended the one-day event, and as the president toured Habitat Village, the crowd gathered to plant 426 tree seedlings donated by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Uganda: Habitat for Humanity Uganda constructed 10 houses during its August WLB. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and other government officials, including the prime minister and the minister of housing, joined members of the army, the fire service, the prisons department and several student groups during the build.

Ghana, Madagascar, South Africa and Tanzania also sponsored WLB events in this region.

Christian church leaders, overseas volunteers and local villagers united to build Malaysia’s first Habitat house with a Muslim family during the World Leaders Build. More than 50 volunteers participated each day, completing one house.

New Zealand: Prime Minister Helen Clark dedicated a Habitat house during the WLB in Manuka. New Zealand rugby star Michael Jones joined 40 volunteers and a Global Village team in completing the new affiliate’s two houses.

Australia, Mongolia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Thailand and Vanuatu also sponsored WLB events in this region.

Latin America/Caribbean
Belize: Prime Minister Said Musa launched HFH Belize’s WLB event during an opening ceremony in Belize City. Local corporations and organizations such as The Rotary Club of Belize joined in the weeklong build.

Colombia: President Andrés Pastrana Arango presented house keys and Bibles to two Habitat homeowners during HFH Colombia’s 18-day WLB in Quimbaya. Demonstrating his support for Habitat’s work in Colombia, the president joined more than 40 volunteers and homeowner families in building a third house in the community.

Guyana: More than 150 volunteers and government officials labored each day during the WLB in August to construct 11 Habitat houses. President Bharrat Jagdeo worked with the Guyana Defense Force and the President Youth Award group on site during the week, mixing cement, laying blocks and talking with homeowners in East Bank Demerara. Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Trinidad and Tobago also sponsored WLB events in this region.

Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States
Hungary: The WLB in Hungary strengthened ties between Habitat affiliates and regional and national officials. Peter Harrach, minister of social and family affairs, visited Dunavarsány State Secretary Andrea Karczagi visited Csurgó; and State Secretary Imre Nyitrai visited Göd. In Dunavarsány and Göd, volunteers, homeowners and a Global Village team worked on 17 houses, while World Leaders Build participants celebrated setting a cornerstone in Csurgó.

Kyrgyzstan: Kyrgyzstan enjoyed local support for its WLB event as the mayor and vice mayor of Bishkek, a representative of the Kyrgzyz White House, the U.S. ambassador and 15 representatives of Congress joined efforts to lay bricks together. Since the build, Kyrgyz President Akaev has presented the affiliate with funds for electricity and infrastructure.

Poland: Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek demonstrated his support by working on Habitat’s build site in Gliwice. In addition, Habitat for Humanity Wroclaw began construction on a house during its WLB celebration in August. Mayor Katy Wroclawskie visited the work site on Aug. 11 with a member of the board from the city of Wroclaw. Germany, Great Britain, Portugal and Romania also sponsored WLB events in August in this region.

United States/Canada
Both the United States and Canada sponsored WLB events during July and August.

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