Americus, Ga.- November, 9 2001 - The Eastern European country of Bulgaria will join Habitat for Humanity International’s global house-building network following approval by the international board of directors during the organization’s fall meeting in Americus, Ga.
“Expanding to new horizons, like Bulgaria, 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.
When communist rule ended in 1991, Bulgaria began moving toward political democracy and a market economy. Overcrowding is a common problem in former eastern bloc countries facing serious inflation and unemployment. In 1990, the average Bulgarian home had three rooms and housed as many as three generations in one residence.
Habitat for Humanity in Bulgaria needs support from financial sponsors and volunteer laborers to build safe, simple, decent and affordable homes with people in need of adequate shelter. Growing out of local initiative in Bulgaria’s capital of Sofia in 1999, a steering committee has been formed to establish an HFH affiliate. The HFH Sofia Steering Committee is working to implement a Habitat mission to the need for simple, decent, affordable shelter in the former eastern bloc country.
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.