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Turner South to air television tour of Global Village & Discovery Center

Turner South cable network offers a TV tour of Habitat for Humanity International’s homebuilding

AMERICUS, Ga., Nov. 21, 2003 — Television audiences tuning in to Turner South Cable Network’s “Blue Ribbon,” will walk through a Third World poverty settlement, then see the solid, durable homes Habitat for Humanity builds around the world to replace poverty shacks and shanties.

The tour of the Global Village & Discovery Center in Americus begins in a crowded neighborhood of discarded lumber, sheets of rusted tin and worn tarps that represent living conditions for many people in developing countries. In stark contrast, cameras will show what a difference a Habitat home can make, with examples of houses built in 15 countries in Africa, Asia and Central America.

“Our visitors get a real hands-on feel of what it is like for people living in poverty who are forced to use whatever they can to build shelter for their families,” says Michelle Dalva, director of the Global Village & Discovery Center. “The work of Habitat around the world, demonstrated by the different styles of homes, also gives visitors a look at our important mission.”

The Village offers activities such as brick and tile making, and viewers will see household furnishings sent in from Habitat affiliates from places such as Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka.

Eventually, the Village will grow to 35 houses, including replicas from European and South American regions, all with different building styles that demonstrate environmentally and culturally appropriate housing.

The segment on the Global Village & Discovery Center will air Monday, Nov. 24 at 10:30 p.m. (EST), Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 10 p.m. (EST) and Saturday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. (EST) on an episode of Blue Ribbon titled, “Tours.”

The Global Village & Discovery Center, 601 W. Church St., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Village is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is by suggested donation of $5 for adults, $3 for students six and older and $4 for seniors. Special arrangements are available for groups and annual memberships. No donation is suggested for children younger than six years of age. For more information, call 1-866-924-5823 or visit www.habitat.org.

Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.