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Jimmy Carter Work Project (JCWP) 2006 - India -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Jimmy Carter Work Project (JCWP) 2006 - India

A Habitat homeowner in Lonavala, India, puts the finishing touches on her new house built during this year’s Jimmy Carter Work Project.


JCWP Details

Location: Malavli, Lonavala, Maharastra, India
October 30 to November 3, 2006
2,000+ volunteers from India and abroad
Total houses built:
House design:
360 sq ft. duplex (twin style), semi-detached houses with a living room, kitchen, toilet, bathroom and veranda
House materials:
concrete blocks, cement floor and clay roof tiles

India country profile


Completion of build week leaves participants feeling a ‘Habitat high’

An event like the JCWP, which involves a mere five days of building, takes well over a year of planning and coordination. Every detail must be worked out — from what sort of construction supplies to use to how much toilet paper will be needed to stock the bathrooms. People have to be fed. Trash has to be picked up. Ice and water have to be ordered, stored and distributed. Hotels have to be booked. Vehicles have to be rented.

And while all of the details would be a challenge even in the most metropolitan cities in the developed world, this year’s JCWP took place on the outskirts of a smallish town in the developing world.

JCWP was not easy. But we all know — beyond the exhaustion, sunburns and sore muscles — that we have done good in this place. One hundred families who have overcome obstacles far greater than any we faced now have houses that they will soon move into.

Thousands of volunteers left this site on a “Habitat high,” excited to continue work in India and all around the world. The volunteers are gone, and now the homeowner families’ work begins: working to build new lives.

House photos are now available! View
photos of the houses and the teams of homeowners and volunteers who worked to complete them.

JCWP 2006 Highlights

U.S. sailors, celebrities help Indian homeowners build

Youth volunteers plant Seeds of Peace at JCWP, while actor Brad Pitt returns to build

JCWP kickoff opens a new chapter in many lives

Some 2,000 JCWP volunteers from around the world converged on Lonavala, a 2.5-hour drive southeast of the nation’s commercial center of Mumbai.

About the Jimmy Carter Work Project

Each year since 1984, former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jimmy Carter, along with his wife Rosalynn, has led the Jimmy Carter Work Project. The project invites volunteers from around the world to travel to a different location to build Habitat homes with families who need decent, affordable shelter.

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