Americus, Ga. - Dec. 7, 2000 - The African country of Ivory Coast 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 Ivory Coast, 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.
Ivory Coast is recognized as one of the world's largest producers and exporters of coffee, cocoa beans and palm oil and is considered one of the most prosperous of the West African states. While Ivory Coast has been one of the most stable countries in the area, in 1999 a military coup, the first in its history, overthrew the government. The political fallout has yet to be resolved, but the present military engine promises to return the country to democratic rule by the end of 2000.
Presently the national office has been set up and strategic planning workshops have been held with 10 communities identified for affiliate development. The short-term plan is to complete three houses by the end of December 2001.
Habitat for Humanity in Ivory Coast 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.