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A habitat for humanity

Habitat for Humanity, a global housing ministry started in 1976 in Americus, Georgia, the United States of America (US), that globally had cumulatively built, rehabilitated and repaired 800,000 houses for four million people as of 2013 (average family size: five), is again launching a bold goal, themed ImpactAsia, to build an additional three million structures for 15 million people in the Asia-Pacific region alone by 2020.

ImpactAsia’s inaugural event was held in Hong Kong on October 16 last year. The directors of each and every country of Habitat’s Asian chapter were present at the ceremony.

Agnes K. Y. Tai, from Habitat Hong Kong, which succeeded Habitat China in 2014, revealed that because the city has been chosen as one of two global brand promotion and resource development offices alongside Habitat Great Britain, Hong Kong was chosen for the pan-Asia Pacific event.

Established by Millard Fuller (1935 to 2009), an Alabama University law school graduate who had made one million dollars by the age of 29, but subsequently gave all his possessions to Churches and charities, Habitat first set foot in Asia in 1983 with a pilot project in India.