Ambassadors build for Habitat; Construction project foreshadows 2001 "World Leaders Build"
Washington, D.C. - June, 16 2000 - Ambassadors to the United States from more than two dozen countries on five continents this week joined in the construction of three Habitat for Humanity homes in northeast Washington, D.C. Working alongside the ambassadors were Habitat For Humanity International (HFHI) President and Founder Millard Fuller, and Tom Jones, HFHI Washington Office managing director.
The ambassadors worked on three new homes in the capital's northeast section, joining Habitat for Humanity volunteers from Northern Ireland and the Americorps program to cut and install vinyl siding. Also joining the ambassadors was D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams.
The Ambassadors Build is the first project leading toward the first "World Leaders' Build" in August 2001, which will see current and former heads of state building Habitat for Humanity homes simultaneously in their capital cities. The project will be led by Habitat for Humanity's most famous volunteer, former President Jimmy Carter, and will coincide with the 2001 Jimmy Carter Work Project in South Korea.
At a ceremony during a break from construction, His Excellency E.M. Maceda, Philippines Ambassador to the United States, presented a hammer to K.T. Moon, Counselor of Health and Welfare for the Republic of South Korea's U.S. Embassy. The Philippines hosted the 1999 Jimmy Carter Project. Philippines President Joseph Estrada was the first head of state to commit to participation in the World Leaders Build.
"The Ambassadors Build brings us closer to Habitat's vision of eliminating poverty housing," Fuller said. "As you build," he told the ambassadors, "I believe you will catch the vision and take it to your own countries. We hope and pray that all nations will give the highest priority to ensuring that everyone on earth has a simple, decent and safe place."
Dedicated to eliminating poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda. HFHI and its more than 1,900 affiliates in 67 nations have built and sold more than 90,000 homes to partner families at no profit with zero-interest mortgages.