History of Habitat for Humanity
Are you interested in the history of Habitat for Humanity? Even thought Habitat for Humanity International was officially founded in 1976, the origins of the group can be traced back to 1942, with the founding of Koinonia Farm in the small Georgia town of Americus.
Koinonia Farm: Habitat Precursor
Founded by Clarence Jordan, a biblical scholar, Koinonia Farm was based on the concepts of community, racial equality, and Christian beliefs. Residents shared resources, enjoy equality, and utilize natural resources wisely. The interracial community was quite controversial yet managed to survive even in the pre-Civil Rights Act south.
Millard and Linda Fuller
In 1965, Millard and Linda Fuller left the affluence of their lives in Montgomery AL and made their way to Koinonia in search of a way to dedicate their lives to Christian values and service.
The Fullers and Jordan came up with the notion of "partnership housing". This concept involved having those in need of a place to live work alongside volunteer workers to build affordable homes. This simple concept became the basis for what is now known as Habitat for Humanity.
1968: The Fund for Humanity
Three years after the Fullers arrived at Koinonia, The Fund for Humanity came into being. A year later, the first home was built in Georgia, followed by additional properties in the United States. The Fullers temporarily relocated to Africa, where plans were put into place to implement a housing ministry for needy families in that country
1976: Habitat for Humanity
After living in Africa for several years, the Fullers returned to Americus, Georgia and established Habitat for Humanity International.
1981: The First Five Years
By 1981 a total of 342 Habitat homes had been completed around the world and the organization had grown to seven overseas affiliates and 14 within the United States.
1984: Presidential Attention
In 1984, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter decided to become personally involved with Habitat for Humanity. Their affiliation with the organization brought worldwide attention to its work and helped fuel exponential growth.
Habitat's Work Continues
As long as there are people in need of decent, affordable housing, there will be a need for this important nonprofit organization and the history of Habitat for Humanity will continue to evolve. Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with the efforts of countless volunteers and donors, has provided affordable shelter and hope for disadvantages families throughout the world for decades and will continue to do so long into the future.
Modern Habitat for Humanity
As of 2010, there are more than 350,000 Habitat for Humanity homes throughout the world.