2002: ‘A place of hope’ in South Africa

For one week in June 2002, President and Mrs. Carter joined 3,000 volunteers to build 100 houses in Durban, South Africa.

During the week, President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, left, joined President Carter and President Bakili Muluzi of Malawi on the build site. In the background are Habitat for Humanity International founder Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda. His Excellency President of Kenya Daniel Arap Moi also was there.

“The presidents were here today,” Carter said at the time, “to see what can be done with a small amount of government help and with the people in the community.”

The site chosen for the homes had been largely undeveloped, a kind of no man’s land serving as a buffer between races during apartheid. Now, it would serve as a symbol of a nation coming together.

Homeowners chose to name the site Ethembeni, a Zulu word meaning “a place of hope.”