Americus, Ga. - Dec. 7, 2000 -The South American country of Chile 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 Chile, allows Habitat for Humanity to reach out and work with people in need worldwide to eliminate substandard housing,” Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International.
Habitat for Humanity leaders in Chile see the availability of land as a major challenge. There are 972 low-income neighborhoods or squatter areas in the country and the overwhelming majority of its residents have no access to land for building. Although Chile has been a stellar performer in economic growth in the region, the high cost of living and the constant rise in cost of basic commodities make it impossible for many low-income families to satisfy many of their basic needs, especially for simple decent shelter. In 1999 alone, the housing deficit was estimated at 800,000 houses.
Habitat for Humanity in Chile needs support from financial sponsors and volunteer laborers to build simple, decent, healthy and affordable homes with people in need of adequate shelter.
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.