Habitat for Humanity is a non-denominational Christian organization. It does not discriminate according to race, religion or ethnic group, and it welcomes all people to join in building houses in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter.The houses are built with local materials where possible, to fit in with existing building styles. Energy-efficient, environmentally friendly construction is also promoted. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 175,000 houses, providing shelter for nearly 900,000 people worldwide. Now at work in 100 countries, it is building a house every 26 minutes. By 2005, Habitat houses expected to be sheltering 1 million people. For further information, visit the website www.habitat.org.