Americus - Dec. 7, 2000 - The African country of Liberia was officially approved by Habitat for Humanity International's Board of Directors to its global house building network during the organization's fall meeting in Hyderabad, India.
"Expanding to new horizons, like Liberia, allows Habitat for Humanity to reach out and work with people in need worldwide to eliminate substandard housing," said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International.
While Liberia started as a venture of U.S. philanthropists wanting to relocate freed slaves, the country has had a troubled history. A civil war from 1989-1996 destroyed much of Liberia's economy, leaving over 60,000 families displaced or living in very poor housing conditions. Rebuilding the social and economic structure of this war-torn country has been slow and difficult.
Habitat for Humanity in Liberia needs support from financial sponsors and volunteer laborers to build simple, decent, healthy and affordable homes with people in need of adequate shelter. During the fiscal year 2001, Habitat for Humanity Liberia plans to develop seven affiliates and construct 60 houses.
Dedicated to eliminating poverty housing, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda. Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 76 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families at no profit with zero-interest mortgages.