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News and stories from the 2012 Carter Work Project


Habitat homeowners in Haiti  

Nov. 30, 2012
Day Six: Joyful, tearful, prayerful farewells

With tears, hugs, laughter and heartfelt words, the Carter Work Project volunteers dedicate 100 homes in the Santo community. 

Haven volunteer  

Nov. 29, 2012
Day Five: One drop makes a big ripple

Seeing the progress in Santo fires up the volunteers for the Irish nonprofit Haven, which works in Haiti and is supporting this week’s build.

Memories from the Carters
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter discuss what makes Haiti special and look back at other special moments in their lifetime of service.

What they brought (Slideshow) 
Tools and safety equipment are expected on the work site, but some Carter Work Project volunteers brought surprising items with them to Santo this week.

Rosalynn Carter and CWP volunteers  

Nov. 28, 2012
Day Four: Everybody is a builder

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter and country music superstars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood inspire others with words and work. 

CWP volunteer on roof  

Nov. 27, 2012
Day Three: They came from Carpentersville

Hardy volunteers persevere through the heat, the fatigue and the occasional mishap to stay on schedule to build 100 houses in one week.  

A family affair (Slideshow) 
Among the nearly 600 volunteers building in Santo, Haiti, there are fathers and daughters, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives who are spending quality time together while helping others. 

CWP volunteers and homeowner   Nov. 26, 2012
Day Two: Building on experience

Veterans from 2011 speed up the work, and President Carter explains how all the volunteers become new voices for Haiti.  
President Carter   Nov. 25, 2012
Day One: Putting words into action

A presidential lesson inspires volunteers on Day One. 

‘This is the best feeling ever’: Reunions in Santo (Slideshow)
Five memorable reunions that have taken place at this year’s Carter Work Project. 

CWP volunteer    Nov. 20, 2012
Volunteers feel the draw of the Carter Work Project
Nearly 600 volunteers will travel to Haiti from Nov. 24 to Dec. 1 to build 100 more houses for the 29th Carter Work Project.

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Nov. 25-Nov. 30, 2012
Our Women Build volunteer program and Cars for Homes vehicle donation program are co-sponsors of this year’s CWP. Together, they contributed $250,000 to the project and sent a team of volunteers to Haiti help build during the week.  

Read their stories from the build site: