Habitat for Humanity to Build in Mitch's Wake
November 10, 1998 - Habitat for Humanity International announced today the creation of the Hurricane Mitch Emergency Building Fund. The fund will be used to help build houses with families left homeless by Hurricane Mitch in Central America.
"Central American authorities, other governments and international aid organizations are working heroically to supply emergency assistance and relief work," said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. "The moment working infrastructure is in place, Habitat for Humanity will begin the task of building homes with Mitch's victims."
It costs, on average, about $1,800 (U.S. funds) to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Central America. Habitat hopes to raise at least $2 million for the special fund.
"Every day a family is without a decent house means additional exposure to the flood-borne diseases that are already running rampant and to which tiny children are especially vulnerable," said Fuller "A decent house has always meant hope. For the survivors of Hurricane Mitch, it means life itself."
Two days before the announcement of the special fund Habitat received the fund's first pledge when AFC, the parent company of Popeyes and Churchs restaurants and one of Habitat's longtime corporate partners, committed to build 100 homes in Honduras with Mitch survivors.
"Our partnership with Habitat has done remarkable things for this company," said AFC Chairman and CEO Frank Belatti while dedicating the company's 200th Habitat for Humanity house. "We have seen lives changed -- our own, as well as those of Habitat homeowners -- so in this time of crisis we understand first-hand the incredible difference Habitat for Humanity will make as Honduras rebuilds."
Individuals or corporations wishing to make contributions to Habitat can send them to:
Hurricane Mitch Emergency Building Fund
Habitat for Humanity International
121 Habitat St.
Americus, GA 31709-3498
or call 1-800-HABITAT, ext. 2284
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. Habitat brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses. The homes are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 70,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 350,000 people worldwide. It has affiliates in every state of the United States and in 60 other countries around the world.