Global Village & Discovery Center Gives Tourists a Trip Around the World
AMERICUS, Ga., Dec. 10, 2002 - Habitat for Humanity International is inviting people to come see how the world is changing one house at a time as the nonprofit homebuilder constructs The Global Village & Discovery Center in Americus, Ga. This replica village of Habitat houses from around the world is dedicated to educating people about the worldwide need for adequate housing.
"The Global Village & Discovery Center will give people the opportunity to see the simple, decent houses that Habitat is building in places like Asia, Africa and South America," said Millard Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International's founder and president. "We want to show the world that people can make a difference-one life, one family and one house at a time."
The Global Village & Discovery Center is an interactive exhibit. Once completed, visitors will wander through a village to see replicas of at least 40 houses from places such as Eastern Europe, Kenya and Sri Lanka. Visitors will be able to participate in construction projects to better understand how other people live and how a simple, decent, affordable home is the solution to poverty. They also will have the opportunity to make a donation to The Global Village & Discovery Center by buying a brick, a front yard or even an entire house - the legacy they leave will help to educate others. Habitat for Humanity International's Global Village & Discovery Center is slated to open in spring 2003, with all construction to be completed in 2005.
"Rosalynn and I have had an opportunity to see what Habitat is doing around the world," said former President Jimmy Carter at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Global Village & Discovery Center this year. "We have been to Nicaragua, where we have made roof tiles. We have worked in the Philippines, Mexico and South Korea. ... The Global Village & Discovery Center will give a better sense of what Habitat is doing-not only here at home but around the world."
Each year, thousands of people visit Habitat for Humanity International's headquarters in Americus. The Global Village & Discovery Center will be one stop on The Sam Shortline Train, which will begin taking tourists from Cordele to Plains later this year. Other stops include the Telephone Museum in Leslie, downtown Plains and President Jimmy Carter's boyhood home in nearby Archery.
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 3,000 communities in 87 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes