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Habitat Board Approves Work in Japan, Nepal, Germany

Habitat for Humanity International Board of Directors Approves Three New Countries

Americus, Ga. - October, 27, 1997 - During Habitat for Humanity International’s Board of Directors meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 17-19, three new countries were added to Habitat’s growing mission. Japan, Nepal and Germany are the newest countries at which Habitat is at work.

In Japan, Habitat’s first campus chapter was approved at Kwansei Gakuin University in Kobe. Currently, a number of other chapters are following that lead through involvement in short-term mission experiences and awareness raising. Habitat’s presence in Japan presents new and exciting volunteer opportunities for the nation’s citizens.

Habitat for Humanity of Nepal fills a great need for millions who live below the poverty line. As the country is struggling to emerge from economic, political and social problems, Habitat intends to build in every major geographic area of this developing country.

Nearly 1 million people live in substandard housing in Germany, primarily in the east. The people of Germany have been supporting the goals and principles of Habitat for Humanity since December 1995 and will continue to gather material and financial support and partner with other countries internationally.

The Habitat board’s recent meeting in Cleveland also saw the addition of 36 new Habitat for Humanity affiliates and 17 new campus chapters in the United States.

Newly elected directors on the HFHI board include Sister Maria de Lourdes Turueno, Mexico City; Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Greensboro, N.C., USA; and Jim Copeland, Washington, D.C., USA.

Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and to making decent housing a matter of conscience and action. With the three newest affiliated countries, HFHI has approved work in 57 nations. More than 60,000 Habitat homes – housing some 300,000 people – have been built in the past 21 years.