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Citigroup, other partners lead the way to help build homes in India during Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy Carter Work Project

Major partners also include Dow India, Vedanta Resources, Posco India, Whirlpool Corporation, Cisco, HDFC Ltd., Aditya Birla Group and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

AMERICUS, Ga. (Oct. 23, 2006) – Citigroup and other partners are leading the way to help build 100 homes as part of Habitat for Humanity’s annual Jimmy Carter Work Project. The weeklong project will take place, Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, in a village near Lonavala, near Mumbai, India. One hundred homes will be built from the ground up during the week.

Citigroup is the lead sponsor of the project, sending volunteers to help build the homes and donating $1 million. Their support of the JCWP is part of a recent $2 million grant from the Citigroup Foundation to Habitat for Humanity International. It is the seventh major grant that the Citigroup Foundation has made to HFHI, bringing the total to $12 million. In addition, Citigroup has donated more than $2 million to support Habitat affiliates overseas. In 2000, the Citigroup Foundation made its first major grant to launch its “Citigroup Builds Communities” U.S.-employee volunteer program. To date, this program has resulted in more than 18,000 Citigroup employees collectively volunteering 200,000 hours to help to build more than 172 homes in more than 40 locations across the United States.

Citigroup has participated in previous Jimmy Carter Work Projects in Detroit, Mexico, New York City and Valdosta, Ga.

“At Citigroup, we are committed to making a difference in our local communities because we are there,” said Kevin Kessinger, chief operations and technology officer, and Habitat board member. “We specially selected 28 employees from 11 countries who are long-time Habitat volunteers to travel to India for this project and build alongside the more than 270 volunteers who will be participating from across Citigroup businesses in India. These employees exemplify the commitment that Citigroup has to promoting and supporting volunteerism.”

Major sponsors of Habitat’s Jimmy Carter Work Project also include:

The Dow Chemical Company is one of Habitat for Humanity’s longest-standing corporate partners, helping to build homes since 1983. Dow India has contributed $250,000 to build homes as part of JCWP India and will give an additional $250,000 to continue building homes in India over the following year.

Whirlpool Corporation is partnering with Habitat for Humanity during the JCWP 2006 as the first step in supporting Habitat’s work in India. Since 1999, Whirlpool has supported Habitat by donating appliances to Habitat homes in 18 countries. Whirlpool has set a goal to support every Habitat home built everywhere around the world by 2011. The JCWP 2006 is Whirlpool Corporation’s first Habitat sponsorship in Asia.

HDFC Ltd., a housing finance development corporation, is providing support for the JCWP by sponsoring homes and sending volunteers to help build during the week. HDFC’s philanthropic efforts also include shelter assistance, training and economic programs for underserved populations.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is Habitat’s single-largest ally through the “Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity” alliance. The unprecedented commitment includes a $105 million donation over four years and engaging its members in building Habitat homes around the world.

Vedanta Resources, a diversified metals and mining group in India, is providing support for the JCWP India by sponsoring homes. Vedanta’s philanthropic efforts include environment, health, safety and other issues important to communities.

Cisco has a long-standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Cisco has contributed more than $4million to help build more than 400 homes in 28 countries around the world. Cisco-sponsored homes were built in tsunami-ravaged India, Thailand, Sir Lanka and Indonesia. In addition to sponsoring homes, Cisco employees have volunteered more than 37,000 hours with Habitat in 13 countries, including support in helping to rebuild the U.S. Gulf Coast as part of Habitat’s hurricane-recovery response.

Posco India, a developer of steel, is sponsoring homes and sending volunteers to help build during the JCWP. Posco has helped support building simple, decent housing with Habitat for Humanity since 2000.

Aditya Birla Group, an Indian-based multinational corporation, is sponsoring homes for the JCWP and is committed to building 300 Habitat homes in India.

Additional support for the JCWP comes from Habitat for Humanity affiliates, other companies, individual donors and foundations.

“Habitat for Humanity is grateful for the volunteer and financial contributions from the many dedicated partners in this project,” said Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “Their involvement demonstrates a clear commitment to improving the lives of families in need of decent housing, and the result of their participation will be a positive, lasting impact on the entire community.”

The Habitat homes in India will be built in partnership with low-income families who currently live in dilapidated and temporary housing. The need for housing in India is dire since nearly a quarter of its 1.1 billion population live on less than US$1 per day. Habitat for Humanity has been at work in India since 1983 building nearly 12,000 homes, making it one of the homebuilding organization’s largest country programs.

The Carters are Habitat’s most famous volunteers. Each year since 1984, the Carters have given one week of their time to build homes and raise awareness about the need for simple, decent and affordable housing. Previous JCWP events have been held in New York City, Georgia, Michigan, the Philippines, Hungary, South Korea and South Africa. Habitat’s JCWP 2007 will be in Los Angeles.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy Carter Work Project, visit www.habitat.org/jcwp/2006/.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.