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Former President Jimmy Carter, Habitat head to Mexico

Former President Jimmy Carter to join volunteers in Mexico for annual work project with Habitat for Humanity International

PUEBLA and VERACRUZ, Mexico (Oct. 14, 2004) —Former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn will join thousands of Habitat for Humanity volunteers in Mexico to help build 150 homes in Puebla and Veracruz. Carter’s 21st annual work project with the world’s largest nonprofit homebuilder will take place Oct. 24-29.

Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy Carter Work Project 2004 will bring together 4,000 Mexican and international volunteers, including corporations, churches, civic groups and individuals to join the former U.S. president in building simple, decent homes in partnership with low-income families. The week of festivities will include both opening and closing ceremonies, featuring traditional Mexican culture, morning devotionals and construction of the homes.

“President and Mrs. Carter have been Habitat for Humanity’s most famous volunteers through the years,” said Paul Leonard, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are so thankful for their faithful commitment that has helped many families have a good place to call home.”

Habitat for Humanity International, founded in the United States in 1976, works in 100 countries around the world and stresses local leadership in building affordable housing and revitalizing communities. Habitat for Humanity partners with low-income families who help build their own home and pay back a zero-interest, no-profit mortgage.

The JCWP is Habitat for Humanity International’s signature yearly event since 1984 and has been held around the world in places such as New York City, the Philippines, Hungary, South Korea and South Africa. Next year’s JCWP 2005 will be June 19-24 in Michigan, where more than 200 Habitat for Humanity homes will be built.

Sabas Cruz, president of the general advisory board for Habitat for Humanity Mexico, sees great potential for this event: “Having the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2004 in Mexico represents a great opportunity for strengthening and promoting, locally and internationally, the work of Habitat for Humanity.”

About Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. www.habitat.org