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Grant helps Habitat make International Festival annual event

Grant helps Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village & Discovery Center bring back International Festival

AMERICUS, Ga., June 10, 2004 — Habitat for Humanity International’s Global Village & Discovery Center’s International Festival got a little boost this week from a grant through the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism. The $9,300 grant is part of the department’s Tourism Marketing Co-Op program and will help the International Festival be a more dynamic family event April 8 and 9, 2005.

The festival is an annual event that brings together entertainment, crafts, games, food and music from around the world. Each year, the family-oriented event educates participants about life in other countries while at the same time trying to shows that poverty housing is a worldwide crisis.

“This grant will help us to expand our festival and further promote the Global Village & Discovery Center as a tourist destination that helps our Georgian economy,” said Michelle Dalva, executive director of the village. “We are gearing up for next year and this opportunity has just added a whole new dynamic to our enthusiasm for the event.”

This year’s festival, which featured an appearance by Nick Jr.’s Dora the Explorer, a Kansas university choir and Atlanta’s African Dance Connection, drew close to a 1,000 people to the demonstration park.

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.

The Georgia Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism is the state’s sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, promoting the state as a location for film and video projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development.