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Habitat for Humanity opens University

September 3, 2003

AMERICUS - In the past quarter century, Habitat for Humanity has built 150,000 homes in 89 countries. On average, the group builds a home once every 26 minutes.   All of this started inside the mind of one man: Millard Fuller.

Fuller founded Habitat for Humanity International, headquartered in Americus, 27 years ago.

"People have said of me that I have the dreams and any others have to deal with the nightmares of carrying it out," Fuller joked today as he spoke about another thought he had about four years ago - a university.

Far from a nightmare, another of his dreams has become a reality. Nestled in an old Victorian home, just a stones throw from the International Headquarters, Habitat for Humanity University is now online.

No scissors were needed for this ribbon cutting -- only the click of a mouse. The two-story facility is now ready to educate thousands of volunteers around the world.

Executive Vice President David Williams said, "We have to educate them on what it takes to run a successful Habitat initiative in their community."

"We see this as a place that is going to educate and provide the information for people all over the world to do a better job of leading and carrying out the work of buildingg the actual houses that are needed, so that families will have a decent place to live," Fuller said.

In a world where 1.2 billion people continue to live in sub-standard conditions, Fuller said he hopes this Univerity will be the key to eliminating poverty housing.

"I believe this is part of the answer," Fuller said. 

Judging from the overwhelming success of that dream Fuller had 27 years ago, he just may be right.

Volunteers will be able to take day-long courses on site in Americus or online around the world.

posted at 10:27p.m. by mathew.palmer@walb.com