Americus, Ga. - Dec. 7, 2000 - The Asian country of Vietnam 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 Vietnam, 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.
World Concerns International has entered into a partnership with Habitat for Humanity International in implementing the house-building program in Danang Province.
Danang is strategically located in central Vietnam, with a population of over 684,000 and a land area covering about 1,248 sq. km. Due to the location of Danang it is frequently hit by natural disasters such as typhoons and flooding leading to homelessness. The Central government has identified about 21,000 families in this area living in substandard or poverty housing. To date, large-scale low-cost housing focused on poor families with a sustainable long-term directive has not been attempted. World Concerns brings into the partnership its dynamic and strong relationship with the Danang provincial government, Red Cross, and other international and local development programs.
Habitat for Humanity in Vietnam 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.