Posted by: charityinfo | November 28, 2011

Habitat for Humanity

Most people have heard about Habitat for Humanity. The organization traces its roots back to Koinonia Farm, a Christian farming community just outside Americus, Ga. When Millard and Linda Fuller first visited the area, they met Clarence Jordan who was a Biblical scholar. Together, they conceptualized “partnership housing.” People who needed shelter could work with volunteers to build simple and functional houses.

There would be no profit added to the cost of a house built by Habitat for Humanity. The funding would come from Fund for Humanity (a fund that was set-up to from donations, no-interest loans given by supporters, fundraising, and the new homeowner’s house payments).

The first project by HFH was implemented in Koinonia in 1968. Donations came from all over the country. It was a success. In 1973, the Fullers decided to test their concept in developing countries. They moved to Zaire (now Congo), and stayed there for three years. This was important because the move showed that their ideas can be successfully implemented in poor countries. Upon moving back to the United States, they worked even harder to make HFH a concept everyone would embrace.

It was in 1976 that Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) was formally born. Since then, the organization made an impact in every community it visited. It has built over 350,000 homes that have provided shelter for 1.75 million people. It is now considered a world leader in poverty housing. The organization works with community groups, churches, and other organizations came together to provide decent housing for everyone.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers work on a home.


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