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Habitat for Humanity Begins Building in Two New Countries

Habitat for Humanity International Begins Building in Senegal and the Cayman Islands

AMERICUS, Ga., July 22, 2003–Habitat for Humanity International announced that it will begin building houses in Senegal and the Cayman Islands, expanding the organization’s global mission to end poverty housing to a total of 89 countries. By 2005, Habitat for Humanity International hopes to be building homes with people in need of simple, decent housing in 100 nations.

“I am thrilled that Habitat for Humanity’s ministry of God’s love in action is being launched in Senegal and the Cayman Islands,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “It is an honor for us to work with people in these countries to renovate or build decent and affordable houses in partnership with families in need.”

Habitat for Humanity of Senegal will begin building in the nation’s capital, Dakar. Houses will cost an average of US $2,575; and will be built in partnership with several organizations, embassies and Senegalese Diaspora living around the world.

Bomba Muanda, who will be working with Habitat for Humanity of Senegal, hopes to reach out to what he describes as the “new poor.”

“They are salaried workers who cannot meet required financial resources for houses,” said Muanda.

Habitat’s work in the Cayman Islands will be concentrated on the main island of Grand Cayman and in the territory’s capital, George Town. Half of the islands’ population of more than 35,000 people lives in George Town.

“Habitat for Humanity will provide a dignified option for many hard working families who previously were not able to afford decent housing,” said Caroline Kroeker-Falconi, Caribbean regional director of Habitat for Humanity International.” In addition, we are looking forward to working hand in hand with generous volunteers and donors in the Cayman Islands toward eliminating substandard housing in the rest of the Caribbean.”

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 3,000 communities in 89 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.