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Celebrate world’s culture at Global Village & Discovery Center

Celebrate world’s culture at Global Village & Discovery Center
Habitat for Humanity celebrates ‘international’ flair with Dora, food, games

AMERICUS, Ga., March 15, 2004 – Join “Dora the Explorer,” other families and friends at the Global Village & Discovery Center to celebrate the richness of the world’s cultures at Habitat for Humanity’s first International Festival.

Dora, Nick Jr.’s hugely popular cartoon explorer, helps headline the Saturday, March 20 event, which features international food, fun and games, and performances by a Kansas choir and Atlanta’s African Dance Connection.

The festival affords visitors the chance to explore Habitat’s “poverty park,” which showcases examples of poverty housing around the world, and replicas of some of the homes Habitat builds in other countries in its mission to erase poverty housing from the planet.

“This is an edutainment event,” says Michelle Dalva, director of the Global Village & Discovery Center. “It offers a bit of both education and entertainment.

“On any given day you can explore situations that too many people find themselves in, then you can make a brick such as those used overseas to build safe and decent homes for people, or experience the kinds of homes that Habitat builds for its partner families.”

The festival features foods from a variety of cultures, including American, Caribbean, and some food from Koinonia. The Pittsburg State University Chorale from Kansas will present music from around the world, there will be face-painting and fun and games for kids, including a 1,000-square-foot maze along with the appearance by “Dora the Explorer.”

“Dora” is a seven-year-old Latino girl who, along with her friends, makes learning an adventure. Through “Dora’s” half-hour animated show, children learn basic Spanish words and phrases, as well as math skills, music, and physical coordination. On Saturday, Dora will meet children at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 3:30 p.m..

As happens on the show, kids at the festival will be encouraged to experience the adventure of the Global Village & Discovery Center, as well as make tiles and bricks that are used in construction projects in the center.

Pittsburg State’s Chorale will sing music from around the world at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. As the group moves from “nation to nation” within the Global Village & Discovery Center, it will perform pieces native to the region.

The African Dance Connection, comprising dancers and drummers, makes learning about Africa an educational experience. The group will perform at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.

The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance for adults, $6 at the gate, and free for children three and younger. Tickets are available at the Global Village & Discovery Center. Free parking is abundant, and the SAM Short Line will be running, so guests can ride the historic route from Cordele, Americus and other area communities. No pets, please.

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. www.habitat.org