Mexico to Host the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2004
MEXICO CITY, October 7, 2003 — Habitat for Humanity International will hold a press conference today in Mexico City at 5:45 p.m. (CDT), with former U.S. president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter and Habitat for Humanity International founder and president Millard Fuller. During the press conference President Carter and Mr. Fuller will announce plans to host the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2004, October 24–29, 2004, in Puebla and Veracruz, Mexico.
The Jimmy Carter Work Project 2004 will bring together 4,000 Mexican and international volunteers, including President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, to build 150 Habitat for Humanity homes in one week. The houses will be built with and for low-income families in the cities of Puebla and Veracruz. The families will volunteer their time to build their homes and the homes of others as well as pay back a zero-interest, no-profit mortgage.
"The Jimmy Carter Work Project provides a wonderful opportunity to partner with people in need to build simple, decent and affordable shelter," said President Carter. "Mexico is not unlike any other country in its commitment to make sure each person has a simple, decent place to live. This project will bring people from all over the world together to work side-by-side with 150 Mexican families in need."
Habitat for Humanity International, founded in the United States in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife Linda, currently operates in 89 countries around the world and stresses local leadership in the resolution of the housing crisis. The Jimmy Carter Work Project 2004 marks the 21st year the Carters have built Habitat for Humanity homes in partnership with families in need of simple, decent housing. Previous Jimmy Carter Work Projects have been held in New York City, the Philippines, Hungary, South Korea and South Africa.
"Habitat for Humanity is excited about the opportunity for Mexican families and volunteers from all across the world to personally benefit through participating in the Jimmy Carter Work Project," said Millard Fuller. "Habitat for Humanity Mexico has been very successful, building more than 13,000 homes since 1989, and positively affecting the lives of 65,000 Mexicans. We encourage people throughout Mexico, Latin America and the world to join us in making a difference for families in need."
During the press conference today, Habitat for Humanity International will announce Citigroup as a premiere sponsor of the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2004.
"At Citigroup, we are committed to making every community where we do business a better place because we are there," said Bob Willumstad, president and chief operating officer of Citigroup and a member of Habitat for Humanity International's board of directors. "We are pleased to strengthen this commitment by sponsoring the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2004 in Mexico, where we have more than 1,400 branches of Banamex. We know that this project will help provide deserving families with quality, affordable housing."
Companies, organizations, churches and individuals are encouraged to step forward to support this international event by sponsoring one or more of the homes, donating money and construction materials and by volunteering their time during the project. Other companies and organizations that have pledged early support for the project include Grupo Geo, Pepsi-Cola Mexico, TravellersExpress Moneygram and Eton School.
Scheduled participants during today's press conference are: President Carter; Millard Fuller; Maria Luisa Barrera de Serna, president of the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2004 steering committee and president of the board of directors for the Mexican Center for Philanthropy; Sabas Cruz, president of the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity Mexico; and Manuel Arango, founder and honorary lifetime chairman of the Mexican Center for Philanthropy.
"Being aware of the housing shortage in Mexico, I admire the fact that an organization such as Habitat for Humanity International and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Jimmy Carter are interested in participating in solving this problem," said Maria Luisa Barrera de Serna.
"Having the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2004 in Mexico represents a great opportunity for strengthening and promoting, locally and internationally, the work of Habitat for Humanity," said Sabas Cruz.
Companies, organizations, churches and individuals that are interested in providing financial support and volunteering their time for the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2004 in Mexico should visit the following Web sites to sign up for e-mail updates on the project and registration: English or Spanish.