Habitat For Humanity Expands House-Building To Lesotho
Americus, Ga. - May, 18 2001 - The prominent nonprofit housing organization helping those in need is expanding its campaign to eliminate substandard housing from the face of the earth to Lesotho. Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) has built more than 100,000 houses in 76 countries and has over 2,000 affiliates worldwide.
The Habitat connection with Lesotho began when the Lesotho Ministry of Local Government (Housing Section) invited Africa Program Director, Bob Wagner, to visit and discuss Habitat’s program in the fall of 2000. As a result of that visit the Lesotho Ministry has enthusiastically supported the registration of HFHI as a charity approved for work in the country, and offers continued support in the development of Habitat.
“This is another step forward in our efforts to help provide God’s people in need with a simple, decent safe place to live,” said Millard Fuller, founder and ceo of Habitat for Humanity International. “All of us in the Habitat for Humanity family are enthusiastic about the start of our work in Lesotho, and our continued expansion across the globe.”
Lesotho’s economy is based on subsistence agriculture, livestock, and employment of miners in South Africa. The completion of a major hydropower facility in January 1998 now permits the sale of water to South Africa, generating royalties that will be an important source of income in the future. Furthermore, reduced job opportunities in South African mines have placed pressure on the limited resources in the country.
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 76 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.