Americus, Ga.- Oct. 19, 2000 - Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) President and Founder Millard Fuller today announced ambitious plans for the construction of a Global Village and Museum near the headquarters of the worldwide house-building ministry.
"People across our nation and around the world want to know more about our work," Fuller said. "The Global Village and Museum will be a demonstration exhibit of the kind of houses we build from Africa to Asia, Europe to Latin America."
Inside the new facility, visitors will be able to walk through models of Habitat housing in Europe, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Six acres of donated land in Americus will be transformed into an international, interactive neighborhood of houses, a 3,000-square-foot museum and a marketplace for international crafts and merchandise. Genuine Habitat activities for visitors will include brick-making, production of roofing tiles, and drawing water from a community well.
Fuller said the time has come for the organization to preserve and display its history. "Our millions of supporters deserve a museum and village to preserve their memories," Fuller said. He predicted the museum and Global Village will heighten awareness of the tragedy of poverty housing, generate more tourism and help strengthen the regional economy.
"Thousands of people come to southwest Georgia each year to see the home of this ministry. Now everyone can look forward to the day when they can walk through authentic Habitat villages, streets and neighborhoods. And they will be able to view memorabilia and milestones of a ministry that has helped 500,000 people build and own simple, decent homes," Fuller said.
The museum will present an overview of HFHI using displays and a timeline of the organization. The site, on Church Street at the corner of Habitat Street, is expected to open in Fall 2001 with six to 10 houses and the museum. Ultimately, 40 houses will be built in the Global Village.
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 2000 communities in 68 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families at no profit with zero-interest mortgages.