Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity at a glance:

 

Founder: Millard and Linda Fuller
Type of Organization: Non-governmental, non-profit, independent
Year of Foundation: 1976
Headquarters:Americus, Georgia
Nature of Community Service:Building simple, low-cost homes for people without adequate means.
Reach: Worldwide
 


About Habitat for Humanity



Habitat for Humanity International or HFHI is a non-governmental organization that was set up with the intention of providing decent, affordable housing to people in need across the world. The founders, Millard and Linda Fuller, realized that to banish poverty housing they needed to empower people with "capital" not "charity", "co-workers" not "case-workers".
 

Their community service stint in Koinonia, just outside Americus in Georgia bred the concept of "partnership housing", in which people in the low income bracket worked alongside volunteers to construct basic, livable homes for themselves. The seed for Habitat for Humanity was sown here.

 

Their community service stint in Koinonia, just outside Americus in Georgia bred the concept of "partnership housing", in which people in the low income bracket worked alongside volunteers to construct basic, livable homes for themselves. The seed for Habitat for Humanity was sown here.

 

Habitat for Humanity started out as a Christian ecumenical initiative, but its cause is not limited to the Christian community. The organization makes no distinction in faith or ethnicity when addressing the needs of the disadvantaged. Habitat for Humanity functions with and seeks the support of volunteers who contribute with building expertise or financial resources. Volunteers are also encouraged to help construct homes for the less privileged. The organization's policy of "no profit accrued and no interest levied to homeowners" has met with much success. Since its foundation in 1976 in Americus in Georgia, Habitat for Humanity has managed to build and repair about 250,000 homes and impact the lives of a million people around the world.