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President Bush And World Leaders To Build HFH Homes

AMERICUS, Ga. - August 8, 2001 - President George W. Bush will help the Evans family build their own modest, affordable home Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Waco, Texas, joining heads of state around the globe participating in Habitat for Humanity International’s World Leaders Build event.

This is the second time in two months that President Bush, who has said he admires Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), will help build a Habitat house. Joining President Bush will be federal housing secretary Mel Martinez; David Williams, HFHI executive vice president and chief operating officer; Waco Habitat for Humanity Executive Director John Alexander; and local volunteers.

“I salute President Bush for setting a fine example for other world leaders,” said Millard Fuller, HFHI founder and president, upon hearing the news from another side of the world: South Korea, where Fuller, former President Jimmy Carter, South Korean President Kim Dae Jung and 9,000 volunteers are building 136 homes next week. “Apparently President Bush has contracted ‘Habititis,’ which is our word for that irresistible urge to help a family build a home,” Fuller quipped. “We are grateful for the president’s support.”

In Tampa in early June after working hard with a volunteer crew, Bush said: “It’s one of these moments in life when you realize there is something greater than yourself. You get the joy of helping someone help themselves.”

The World Leaders Build will boost the construction of 1,175 houses globally. President Bush is one of more than 29 current and former heads of state participating.

At the same time, White House staff members will be volunteering on a Habitat build site in Northern Virginia. They will be building window and door components for homes to be built in the near future. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing around the world. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 79 nations have built and sold more than 110,000 homes to partner families at no-profit, with zero-interest mortgages