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Jordan Joins Habitat's Global House-Building Network

Americus, Ga. – Nov. 9, 2001 – Habitat for Humanity International announced this week that building will begin on homes in The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, following approval by Habitat international board of directors during the organization’s fall meeting in Americus, Ga.

“Expanding to new horizons, like Jordan, allows Habitat for Humanity to reach out and work with people in need worldwide to eliminate substandard housing,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International.

Jordan is one of the most stable countries in the Middle East and enjoys a high literacy rate and a good economy. However, in the past ten years, unemployment has risen, and food and fuel supplies have diminished. Nearly one-third of the country’s population is considered low-income and the nation’s middle-class population is shrinking.

Philip Griffith is the national coordinator for Habitat in its Amman office. He has ten years of non-profit experience in Jordan, Egypt and Israel. “Habitat for Humanity in Jordan needs support from financial sponsors and volunteer laborers to build safe, simple, decent and affordable homes with people in need of adequate shelter,” Griffith said.

Giacomo Hijazin is a native Jordanian and heads up program and training coordination. He also has more than ten years of community work. “We understand that the royal family is looking forward to building homes with the nation’s poor,” Hijazin said.

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.