Americus, Ga. - Dec. 7, 2000 - The South American country of Venezuela 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 Venezuela, 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.
Despite Venezuela's touted oil industry, it has been suffering from an economic recession for most of the last decade, although rising oil price and prospects of political stability are giving hope to the country, where positive economic growth is expected this year. Presently, however, the modest rise in wages cannot cope with inflation as high as 30 percent annually. Some estimates indicate that more than half of the population lives below the poverty line and 12 percent of the workforce is unemployed.
Habitat for Humanity in Venezuela 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.