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Join Habitat for Humanity’s annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2009 in Southeast Asia

Volunteer positions still available in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

ATLANTA (June 9, 2009) – Volunteers are needed for Habitat for Humanity’s annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2009 in Southeast Asia. Volunteer opportunities are available in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam the week of Nov. 15–20.

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In Thailand, 3,000 volunteers will build 82 Habitat houses near the city of Chiang Mai, which is the main site of this year’s Carter Work Project. With a population of nearly 1 million people in the metropolitan area, Chiang Mai is known as the unofficial capital of northern Thailand. To read more or register, visit http://www.habitat.org/jcwp/2009/main_site.aspx.

In Cambodia, volunteers will build 20 houses in partnership with families who are relocating from a dump site outside the country’s capital, Phnom Penh. The new Habitat neighborhood will also include a clinic and a community center. To read more or register, visit http://www.habitat.org/jcwp/2009/cambodia_site.aspx.

In Vietnam, volunteers will help build 20 homes in Ke Sat, a fishing and farming community southeast of Hanoi. The new homeowner families currently live on their fishing boats or in informal settlements nearby. 

The volunteers of Habitat’s 2009 Carter Work Project will build homes in countries along the Mekong river, including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and China. The build will be the beginning of a larger, multiyear effort to help 50,000 families have improved housing conditions in the five countries.

“Together during the week, we will help hundreds of families into decent housing and bring attention to an area where many people live in deplorable poverty,” President Carter said.

Participation fees for the week include meals, lodging and local transportation to and from the build site. Accommodations at each site vary depending on the location. Specific descriptions are provided on the Web pages referenced above. Air fare is not included and must be arranged individually by each volunteer after sending an application and receiving confirmation from Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat’s annual work project with the Carters began in New York City in 1984. Since then, President and Mrs. Carter have given one week each year to help build Habitat houses and raise awareness about the need for affordable housing. Carter Work Projects have taken place throughout the United States and around the world in Europe, Africa and Asia.

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 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.