Habitat for Humanity International Signs Partnership Agreement with the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation and Opportunities Industrialization Centers International
Abuja, Nigeria, July 15, 2003 – Habitat for Humanity International has signed a partnership agreement with the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation and Opportunities Industrialization Centers International (OICI) with the goal of building over 100 houses, primarily in Africa, and in the United States over the next two years. The Leon H. Sullivan Foundation will commit to helping raise the funds for 100 houses to be built in over 10 countries, starting in Nigeria, by working with the local affiliates and partnering with Habitat for Humanity and Opportunities Industrialization Centers International local affiliates.
The announcement was made on Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at the Nicon Hilton, Abuja – site of the Leon H. Sullivan Summit – by Dr. Juel Shannon Smith, a member of Habitat for Humanity International’s board of directors and an advisory committee member of the Reverend Leon Sullivan’s International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH); by the Hon. Ambassador Andrew Young, summit chairman from the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation and a former Habitat for Humanity International board member; by Hope L. Sullivan, Esq., president and CEO of the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation; and by Dr. C. L. Mannings, president and CEO of OIC International. The announcement came after a special presentation by HFHI that focused on the need for affordable homes in Africa and showed how Habitat for Humanity is working to alleviate poverty housing around the world.
“OIC International welcomes the innovative partnership with Habitat for Humanity International and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation. The global network of OIC International affiliates in 17 African countries provide an ideal platform for partnership and collaboration in constructing homes and other community facilities needed,” said Ronald W. Howard, executive vice president of OICI.
“We are excited about this partnership with the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation to build 100 houses,” said Tom Jones, vice president, Habitat for Humanity International. “There is such a great need for simple, safe housing across the world and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation will help provide more than 100 families with the hope and joy that comes with homeownership.”
Habitat for Humanity Nigeria was founded in 2002 and is working in 10 communities throughout the country. HFH Nigeria has built seven houses and they have a goal of building 300 houses in the next five years.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian housing 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 89 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.
For more information, contact Sam Odia at Habitat for Humanity Nigeria, 9-413 6385/6 or Chris Vincent at Habitat for Humanity International: (202) 628-9171 ext. 103; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .