Habitat for Humanity International Officially Welcomes Belize to its Global Network
Americus, Ga. - June 16, 1999 - Members of the Habitat for Humanity International Board of Directors met in Ghana, Africa, recently and officially approved the Central American country of Belize as the 64th country in its global house-building network.
"Expanding to new horizons, like Belize, allows Habitat for Humanity to stretch out and work with people in need worldwide to eliminate substandard housing," said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International.
Belize is recognized as a scenic vacation getaway, but within its pristine wilderness sits poverty housing. In many communities, people live in substandard housing that lacks effective sewage systems. Contaminated water commonly is used for laundry and bathing. Studies conducted by UNICEF report that for every 100 homes in rural Belize, 25 are without a safe and adequate water supply and 65 are without safe means of human waste disposal.
Habitat for Humanity in Belize needs support from financial sponsors and volunteer laborers to build simple, decent, healthy and affordable homes with people in need of adequate shelter.
Habitat for Humanity International is a worldwide nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. 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 75,000 houses, providing shelter for more than 375,000 people worldwide. Habitat for Humanity International has affiliates in every state of the United States and 63 other countries.