2015 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project
Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2016
Habitat for Humanity’s 33rd Carter Work Project will be in Memphis, Tennessee, August 21-26, 2016. Learn more and visit Greater Memphis Habitat for Humanity to sign up for updates and to be notified when volunteer registration opens.
Habitat for Humanity Carter Work Project 2015 Update
Since our last update, the situation in Nepal has become more unstable, and we regret to share that we are taking the unprecedented step of canceling this year’s Carter Work Project. As you can imagine, this was not a decision we made lightly and it is the option of last resort.
President and Mrs. Carter support the decision to cancel this year’s project, though they also share our disappointment.
You will recall we informed you recently of the civil unrest taking place in Nepal as a result of the announcement of the country’s new constitution. We have been carefully monitoring the situation and new circumstances have proven to be safety risks for volunteers and staff.
Currently, goods and materials coming into the country have been halted or slowed to a critical point. This includes gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and cooking fuel. The country is also running low on essential supplies including food and medicine. While conflicting news reports indicate that these challenges may begin to ease in the weeks ahead, there are no guarantees that will be the case, and critical construction and preparation time has been lost in the past two weeks that cannot be regained.
The fuel crisis is also impacting airlines traveling to and from Nepal. Therefore, many volunteers may not be able to fly into the country or fly out afterward. On top of that, without fuel for bus transportation or for cooking and without reliable and adequate food supplies, general volunteer care and safety would be impossible to guarantee.
Additionally, the U.S. Embassy located in Kathmandu today issued a message recommending travelers evaluate any upcoming plans in Nepal, stating that due to the nationwide fuel shortage and blockages at the border, “many of the safety measures that would normally be relied on in an emergency situation may become unavailable.”
To continue the project under such uncertain circumstances would not be the responsible thing to do.
Additionally, bringing in more than 1,500 volunteers would take away precious local resources already in short supply from homeowners and the people of Nepal. While Habitat has built in challenging environments before, such heightened concerns cannot be ignored or dismissed lightly.
We have uploaded a letter on the Habitat User Profile page that we hope will be useful in your conversations with airline carriers regarding requests for refunds or changes to your flight to/from Kathmandu.
We know you will have many other questions about the funds you have raised and paid. We will follow up with you no later than Friday, October 16, with additional information. We are working out details for other options, such as designating your funds as a donation to Nepal, the possibility of another Habitat experience, or a refund. Though we may not have all of the answers now, we wanted to be sure you received this information as soon as the decision was made. We ask for your grace and patience as we work through these details.
Although we are canceling the build week, please know that families who were selected as partner homeowners for the project will still be served through local construction resources.
We cannot adequately express our disappointment over this outcome. We have worked in Nepal for more than 18 years and have successfully staged similar large-scale builds in the last three years. We could have never predicted the circumstances of recent weeks and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused for you. Thank you for your understanding and please keep our Habitat Nepal staff and the Habitat partner families in Chitwan in your thoughts and prayers.
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The Carter Work Project team