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2011 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

2011 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project

Habitat’s 28th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project kicked off a two-year effort to strengthen and support Habitat’s work in Haiti.


President and Mrs. Carter help to build a Habitat home during the Carter Work Project in 2010.

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About the Carter Work Project

  • The 2011 event took place Nov. 5-12.
  • President and Mrs. Carter joined volunteers to build homes with families in Léogâne, Haiti.
  • Léogâne — 18 miles from Port au Prince — is considered to be the epicenter of the January 2010 earthquake.

“Like the rest of the world, Rosalynn and I were heartbroken to see the devastation and despair that the earthquake brought onto a country already so impoverished,” said President Carter.

“We have witnessed and been a part of the life-changing work Habitat has done around the world. We are pleased to join Habitat volunteers and the Haitian people to rebuild homes and to bring attention to the ongoing support needed for Haiti’s recovery.”

A World Habitat Day event

Habitat’s Carter Work Project was the culmination of a month-long observance of the need for safe, decent and affordable shelter that began on World Habitat Day, Monday, Oct. 3, 2011. World Habitat Day is designated each year by the United Nations as a time to reflect on the dire need for adequate shelter around the globe.

Habitat kicked off the World Habitat Day observance and the Carter Work Project with an event in Washington, D.C. that focused on building hope after disasters and recognized leaders who support those efforts.

Additionally, Habitat’s global network implemented events throughout October 2011 in more than 40 countries around the world, drawing attention to the importance of shelter in post-disaster settings.

Learn more about World Habitat Day.

About Habitat for Humanity Haiti

  • Habitat for Humanity has been at work in Haiti for more than 27 years.
  • Habitat Haiti has provided housing solutions through a variety of initiatives, including new home construction, progressive building, home repairs and improvements.
  • Habitat Haiti also teaches construction skills, disaster risk reduction and financial literacy, and works in coordination with community and government agencies.

Habitat’s commitment to Haiti

Habitat is committed to serving 50,000 Haitian families over five years. Learn more about our Haiti earthquake recovery efforts.