2004: ‘A big change’ in Mexico

“On the last day of the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2004 in Puebla, Mexico, the construction site was a study in controlled chaos. On Street 3, dozens of volunteers dropped their tools and grabbed a dancing partner to celebrate the completion of the houses with an animated mariachi band. On Street 2, homeowners and volunteers put the finishing touches on each house’s customized landscaping flourishes. … It was indeed a week of dreams — and hard work.”

— Habitat World, March 2005

ALSO IN 2004: Volunteers also built homes in the port city of Veracruz on the Gulf of Mexico.