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PRESIDENT BUSH AND WORLD LEADERS BUILD HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOMES

AMERICUS, Ga.- President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, helped the Evans family build their own modest, affordable home today, Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Waco, Texas, joining heads of state around the globe participating in Habitat for Humanity International's World Leaders Build event.




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President George W. Bush, Bubba Evans, 13, and Gladys Evans, raise a wall which will be a part of the Evans' new home during Habitat for Humanity International's World Leaders Build in Waco, Texas on Wednesday August 8, 2001. Similar builds with other world leaders are happening this week around the globe.
"IT'S A WONDERFUL THING." - Gladys Evans

It was the second time in two months that President Bush volunteered on a crew with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). Joining President Bush were federal housing secretary Mel Martinez; Texas Gov. Rick Perry; David Williams, HFHI executive vice president and chief operating officer; Waco Habitat for Humanity Executive Director John Alexander; and local volunteers.

"President and Mrs. Bush worked hard this morning," Williams said. "Together, they showed the power of compassion and a true spirit of volunteerism. With volunteers like them, we can eliminate poverty housing worldwide." At the same time the president was working up a sweat in Waco, White House staff members were testing their carpentry skills at a Habitat build site in Northern Virginia.


"Neighbors helping neighbors. No president should ever take that value for granted," Bush said. "That's why Laura and I are here." Said Martinez: "Habitat for Humanity is doing more and more to help people live the American dream."

President George W. Bush hammers together pieces of a house frame at Habitat for Humanity International's World Leaders Build in Waco, Texas on Wednesday August 8, 2001. Bush was among dozens of volunteers who came out for the build in Waco. Thousands worldwide including 28 heads of state are participating in the event this week.

This week in South Korea, HFHI founder and president Millard Fuller, former President Jimmy Carter, South Korean President Kim Dae Jung and 9,000 volunteers are building 136 homes. The World Leaders Build program has boosted the construction of 1,175 houses globally. President Bush is one of more than 29 current and former heads of state.

When asked how she felt, Gladys Evans said, "I was so excited when I found out he was coming to work on my home. It's a wonderful thing."


  At the same time the president was working up a sweat in Waco, White House staff members were testing their carpentry skills at a Habitat build site in northern Virginia. Led by Chief of Staff Andrew Card, 52 White House staffers built window and corner components for 9 townhouses over a three-hour period.

  The White House staff worked steadily and with great enthusiasm in spite of the 100+ degree temperatures on site. Alphonso Jackson, deputy HUD secretary and Mick Kicklighter, chair of Habitat for Humanity International's board of directors, worked alongside the White House staffers. The builds in Waco, Texas, and Fairfax, Va., were the official World Leaders Build events in the United States.


Homeowner Abebech Abebe, a native of Ethiopia, is pictured with an unidentified White House staff member who volunteered at the U.S. World Leaders Build event in Fairfax, Va. The area is one of the most expensive in the country, with house prices averaging $250,000. The Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia affiliate acquired land for the site through a partnership with the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority.



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