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A Grassroots Movement: Building Momentum, Changing Lives

Behind every one of the more than 100,000 houses built by Habitat for Humanity affiliates stands a group of people committed to eliminating poverty housing in their communities. Through such local initiative; the lifeblood of Habitat affiliates' volunteers and staff, partner families, faith communities and others are an indispensable component to the work that is Habitat.

This grassroots engagement of locally driven support moves Habitat ever closer to its goal of eliminating poverty housing around the world. Not only are houses built but lives are transformed and through the process of organizing a Habitat affiliate, selecting homeowner families and building houses, a community becomes aware of the needs of its neighbors.

This is as true in Armenia as it is in Zimbabwe. The articles in this issue of Habitat World tell the stories of both "established" and "emerging" programs in each of the organizations five regions. They are the stories of challenge and success, frustration and enthusiasm faced by affiliates not only in their infancy, but also in their maturity.

These stories demonstrate that, through it all, the Habitat model works best when local initiative takes root and fuels exponential growth that is sustainable into the future.

US / Canada Region
HFH Charlotte (N.C.) builds a foundation for success; HFH of Langlede County (Wis.) focuses on homeownership for families.

Latin America / Caribbean Region
HFH Guatemala makes homeownership a reality for 10,000 families; Habitat Venezuela begins its work.

Europe / Commonwealth of Independent States Region
Habitat's guiding principles take root with HFH Hungary; Armenian Habitat's local board ignites new interest.

Africa / Middle East Region
HFH Kenya's partners mold Habitat model to fit local needs; Economic growth and high cost of land challenge Habitat's work in Mauritius.

Asia / Pacific Region
Natural disasters shift Habitat India's focus to meet emerging needs; HFH Philippines builds communities with local support.

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