Carter "Honored and Blessed" by Opportunity to Work with Homeowners|
MARAGONDON, Philippines (March 26, 1999) -- His voice choked with emotion, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter told of his blossoming friendship with the Salas family, who now owns the house Carter, his wife and crewmates built this week.
"I am told that Mrs. Leonisa Salas and her family were chosen to own the house we are building because she is the hardest worker on this entire site," President Carter said, "putting in hours far exceeding the 400 required 'sweat equity' hours."
"I am sure if you asked her that Leonisa Salas would tell you that she is honored to receive a house built by the former president of the United States," Mr. Carter continued. "But it is I, in fact, who am honored. I ... am ... honored ... and blessed to be able to work in partnership with such wonderful people."
For her part, Mrs. Salas said she was "shocked" to learn that President Carter would be working on her house. When she met the president, "He told me he would work very hard on our house, and that he would make it very strong."
Members of the Salas family took turns working on their house during JCWP week as their jobs allowed.
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