Americus, Ga. - November 09, 2001 - Habitat for Humanitys International Board of Directors has elected Sybout van der Meer of the Netherlands as secretary of the all-volunteer board for the world’s largest nonprofit homebuilder during the organization’s fall meeting in Americus, Ga.
“Sybout van der Meer has been helping Habitat to build houses and hope for many years,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “I know he will make a valuable contribution to our mission.”
Van der Meer, who is senior pastor of a Mennonite Church in Haarlem, the Netherlands, was instrumental in founding Habitat for Humanity in the Netherlands in 1993. He also received a medal from the German parliament for his work in helping 50,000 Christians emigrate from the former Soviet Union.
“It has been an honor to serve Habitat by helping families to build their own safe, affordable houses,” van der Meer said. “I look forward to continuing my work with Habitat in this new role at the international level.”
Van der Meer will serve a two-year term as treasurer. Members of the HFHI board receive no compensation for their voluntary service.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.