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Habitat For Humanity Pledges 'Helping Hands' For India

Americus, Ga. - February 12 2001 - The world’s foremost nonprofit housing organization is entreating its supporters to help families in India recover from the recent disasters there. Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) has begun planning to build safe, simple, decent homes in the future for families affected by the massive earthquake in Gujarat.

“Our hearts go out to the families whose lives have been devastated by this catastrophe,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “Backed by the generosity of our supporters around the world, Habitat for Humanity can put many helping hands to work for the people of India.”

International agencies working in the hardest hit region predict that, without adequate housing, neighboring states could be swamped by a tide of homeless families in search of a new place to put down roots. In a bid to avert a mass exodus from India’s state of Gujarat, officials are planning to construct tent cities to accommodate hundreds of thousands of survivors left homeless by the quake.

While relief organizations in Gujarat were concentrating on the immediate needs for medical attention, food, water and temporary shelter, Habitat today revised its India Disaster Response Program to include the construction of as many as 1,000 houses for earthquake survivors over the next three years. Several months ago, Habitat announced that it would build new houses with victims of severe flooding in Hyderabad, India

“Habitat for Humanity can help India meet this awesome challenge if our supporters join us in this effort with their contributions, hard work and prayers,” Fuller said.

Habitat homes, built by partner families and volunteers, are constructed of sturdy materials appropriate to the country where they are built and incorporate disaster-resistant building techniques to help reduce the risk of damage or destruction.

Those wishing to donate funds to the India disaster response effort may send funds to: Habitat for Humanity International: 121 Habitat St. Americus, GA 31709

Donors should add this information to checks: “India Disaster Response Fund”. To donate by phone, call 1(800) HABITAT or visit our website at www.habitat.org to donate online.

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.