Americus, Ga. - Dec. 7, 2000 - The Asian country of Mongolia 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 Mongolia, 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.
Mongolia is the fifth largest country in Asia with 75 percent of its land supporting animal herders and 1 percent of the land considered arable. In Mongolia there are three main types of housing: apartments, houses built in ger districts and gers (the traditional Mongolian round felt tents.)
Overcrowding is a common problem and the state of some of the houses is deplorable. There is no running water in the ger districts and all houses have outdoor toilets. Habitat for Humanity is presently targeting those now living in severely overcrowded apartments and those living in the ger district but in a substandard house or ger. Young families who have no means of leaving their parents' home and do not have land of their own could also be a significant target group.
Habitat for Humanity in Mongolia needs support from financial sponsors and volunteer laborers to build simple, decent, healthy and affordable homes with people in need of adequate shelter. A goal for the Ulanbaatar affiliate is to be organized and ready to build 5-10 houses in the spring of 2001, followed up with a continuous summer building program.
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.