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AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -

From the Fuller Center

Americus, Ga. – Two Sumter County residents will rebuild in Haiti with The Fuller Center for Housing, a locally headquartered nonprofit working to provide adequate shelter for those in need.

Americus home builder Frank Purvis is in Haiti now, assessing all aspects of the upcoming building project planned by The Fuller Center for Housing. And Jacob Battle of Leslie, Ga., will be heading to Haiti Sunday.

Purvis is joined by Billy Ponko of Indiana who will be directing Fuller Center operations in Haiti. The two are visiting four potential land sites in Carrefour and Leogane, determining exactly how a building project can unfold there. In addition, this initial trip includes visits to the partnering organizations The Fuller Center will be working with in Haiti.

When Purvis and Ponko return to Americus on April 15 they will convene with Fuller Center President David Snell to work out all remaining details and aid in launching the building project.

"Our hopes are to start building significantly within the month," Snell said. The Fuller Center plans to involve Haitians seeking employment as well as send volunteer teams to Haiti to build. To read more about the trip as it unfolds, follow The Fuller Center's Haiti blog at www.fullercenter.org/blogs/haiti

Sunday, Fuller Center board member and volunteer Jacob Battle will travel to Bellanton, Haiti to join a building initiative there. Fuller Center board member DJ Bakken, of Minnesota, connected The Fuller Center with a nonprofit called City Lights Ministry. City Lights has worked in Haiti for years and is leading a Bellanton Transformation Project that includes building an orphanage, school, church and instigating economic development projects.

Bakken and Battle will be joined in Bellanton with 16 other of Bakken's friends and associates to begin building the first Fuller Center home in Haiti. "The Fuller Center will be established on the ground in Haiti," Battle said. "We can let the people [in Haiti] know that we are there and we care and that we are going to do all that we can to make sure that they have a decent and safe home. It's a blessing to me to be able to go over to help."

The Fuller Center's Haiti initiative began immediately following the devastating quake that hit Jan. 12. Through a partnership with home building nonprofit, Lazarian World Homes, one house in Haiti costs only $3,000 to sponsor.

The outpouring of support for the project so far--including from residents of Sumter County--has been remarkable and will help fund the building of the first 100 homes there. Battle is leading an initiative to raise funding within Sumter County to build 20 homes. "I believe that we have enough love and compassion and concern within our county that we can raise this money to build those houses," he said. Consider donating, or encouraging your church, school or organization to get involved. Learn more about what you can do to help by visiting www.fullercenter.org/haiti.

About The Fuller Center for Housing

The Fuller Center for Housing is a non-profit Christian organization that promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals, organizations, corporations, and groups of all faiths in an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need.

To learn more about The Fuller Center for Housing, visit www.fullercenter.org.

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