By Chris Johnson,
Director of Communications
In the past few months, the Ebola crisis has gotten more and more attention — and rightfully so. It’s tragic to see the toll it has taken on thousands of families in West Africa and terrifying to think of the “what ifs.” What if we can’t stop it? What if we can’t contain it? What if it mutates and becomes more than we can handle?
When I think of the “what ifs,” here’s one you may not have thought about: What if the Ebola outbreak had begun in a Haitian tent city with families crammed together in unsanitary conditions, more than four years after the devastating earthquake there? I believe it would have be even more devastating and would spread even faster.
Here’s another “what if”: What if we stopped such outbreaks before they started? One critical element in that equation is decent, healthy housing. That’s why we remain committed to helping our covenant partner in Sierra Leone, in the heart of the outbreak, as they strive to provide decent homes for families and move them away from the unhealthy slums of crowded cities like Freetown. If you would like to contribute to that cause, click here.
Housing is a key component to having healthy families and healthy communities. Studies have clearly shown that children who grow up in a decent home are healthier, happier and do better in school. That’s why we’re thrilled with each Fuller Center home built or repaired. And we’re even more thrilled to see entire communities of Fuller Center homes.
And that’s what we’re seeing in Haiti, where an entire healthy community of decent homes will be completed during a Global Builders work trip Oct. 19-26 of this month. Haiti is a nation desperately in need of the kind of help The Fuller Center provides — help that empowers instead of creating a culture of dependency. This community sets the standard by which all nonprofits should operate. President David Snell will join volunteers on site for this momentous occasion and will share his thoughts from the experience with you. Click here to meet some of the dedicated volunteers who’ve helped make this possible and who will be revisiting Haiti this month to help us complete the place we call Lambi. They are some pretty impressive, service-minded folks!
Now, let’s catch you up on some of the Fuller Center news you may have missed in September. (Like us on Facebook to make sure you never miss any news.) Click the links for each story:
- Here a closer look at the Ebola situation in Sierra Leone and how The Fuller Center is involved.
- KTBS of Shreveport reports on our work in Bossier City, Louisiana, where a high school and church are helping honor a teen’s legacy through the building of decent homes.
- A nice profile of our work in the Illinois Valley by the Peoria Journal Star.
- We launched a new website for the Bicycle Adventure, a ride that will go from California to Maine in the summer of 2015 in addition to the annual spring ride down the Natchez Trace. Learn more!
- It’s been a busy month for our partners in India, who just get busier and busier.
- The Mayor of Louisville announced that our covenant partner in the city will receive the prestigious Spirit of Louisville award.
- The Kansas City Star offered a wonderfully detailed article about our work there.
- Edgar Stoesz, former chairman of the board for Habitat for Humanity, has joined The Fuller Center’s board of directors.
- A Georgia family that won a $250,000 prize immediately gave a tenth of it to The Fuller Center of Macon to help its work in the city.
- Here’s a special report on how The Fuller Center of Lake County, Illinois, is maximizing partnerships to help families in the area.
- Another special report takes a look at The Fuller Center’s Jackson Street of Dreams build in Gary, Indiana.
- The Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project had a successful build in founder Millard Fuller’s hometown of Lanett, Alabama.
- Lydia Huelskamp officially took the reins of our Bicycle Adventure. Lydia graduated in the spring from Biola University and rode the entire cross-country Adventure from New Jersey to Oregon this past summer.
- And our September e-newsletter focused on what we mean by the term "enlightened charity."