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Habitat for Humanity International marks its 800th Campus Chapter

Habitat for Humanity International marks its 800th Campus Chapter

MANILA, Philippines, March 8, 2004 – Students working to help low-income families realize the dream of homeownership will come together at the International School-Manila to celebrate the 800th Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter worldwide.

As part of the day’s events on March 13, students will raise walls and pound nails in the community of San Pedro, Laguna, building houses with families currently living in shacks. Millard and Linda Fuller, who founded Habitat for Humanity, also will join the students in their celebration.

“The future of Habitat for Humanity’s movement lies with young people,” said Millard Fuller. “I am thankful to the many dedicated students who are working hard to make a difference in people’s lives by helping to raise money or build Habitat homes. It is a remarkable achievement that students and faculty around the world have come together to create 800 campus chapters.”

The first campus chapter was founded in 1987 at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. A year later, the first high school campus chapter formed at Marist School in Atlanta. In 1990, the first international campus chapter began at the University of Technology in Lae, Papua New Guinea. Today, campus chapters exist in 47 U.S. states and throughout the world on six continents and in 28 countries.

“The growing number of students involved with Habitat for Humanity bring their energy and enthusiasm to help people in need,” said Kathy Saad, manager, Habitat for Humanity International’s Campus Chapters and Youth Programs department. “Campus chapters give students a chance to get involved in their local communities and to further Habitat’s mission.”

Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapters are independent, student-led organizations that work to eliminate substandard housing. Working in partnership with local Habitat affiliates, campus chapters build houses and raise funds and awareness. Campus chapters also are actively involved with national programs such as Collegiate Challenge Spring Break, HabiFest and Youth United. Habitat’s Campus Chapters and Youth Programs has raised more than seven million dollars to build simple, decent homes.

Habitat for Humanity International is a 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 92 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. www.habitat.org.