Americus, Ga. - Dec. 7, 2000 - The African country of Madagascar 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 Madagascar, 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.
Madagascar, formerly an independent kingdom, is the world's fourth largest island. Madagascar became a French colony in 1886 and regained its independence in 1960. The country faces problems of chronic malnutrition, underfunded health and education facilities, a roughly 3 percent annual population growth rate and severe loss of forest cover, accompanied by erosion. Agriculture, including fishing and forestry, is the mainstay of the economy.
Habitat for Humanity in Madagascar 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.