Habitat founder Fuller presides over stirring end to Building On Faith Week
September 19 1999 - Habitat for Humanity International celebrated the construction of its 80,000th house on Sunday, Sept. 19. The house, which is in the Mezquital Valley, just outside of Mexico City, will be home to a mother and her four daughters. Habitat for Humanity has now helped more than 400,000 people move from substandard housing into homes of their own.
The landmark dedication was celebrated by hundreds of Habitat for Humanity volunteers from across Mexico and was presided over by Millard Fuller, Habitat's president and founder. The dedication also marked several other Habitat milestones, including Mexico's 10,000th Habitat house and the 4,000th Habitat home built in the Metzquital Valley.
"The completion of this house is very significant," said Fuller, "because Habitat for Humanity volunteers have made this milestone possible. It was a personal thrill to be present at this dedication, and once again see the hope a new home brings. We are now poised to reach our goal of 100,000 houses by next September."
The celebrations were a fitting end to Habitat for Humanity's annual Building on Faith Week, which saw simultaneous building by more than 500 Habitat affiliates around the world. Building on Faith highlights the role of churches in the work and mission of Habitat for Humanity to address the worldwide challenge of poverty housing.
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 80,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 400,000 people worldwide. With affiliates in every state of the United States and in 63 other countries around the world, Habitat for Humanity expects to build its 100,000th home in September 2000.