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Delta Air Lines helps support Habitat for Humanity’s 26th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Asia

ATLANTA (Oct. 23, 2009) – Delta Air Lines joins thousands of volunteers from around the world and partner families to support Habitat for Humanity’s 26th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Asia. The five-day event, from November 15–20, 2009, will serve to construct and rehabilitate 166 houses.

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Delta volunteers begin constructing the walls of a home in Chiang Mai.

 

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Delta volunteers set the roof tresses on a home in Chiang Mai.

During this year’s Carter Project, volunteers will build houses in the Mekong River region, which includes Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Laos. The event will launch Habitat’s five-year Mekong Build campaign to serve families throughout the region.

To help build the homes, Delta is donating $750,000 to help underwrite the project and will send more than 60 volunteers to Thailand. The specially-selected volunteers will not only contribute their time, but are also donating their own vacation hours and contributing toward the cost of their trip.

In addition to supporting Habitat’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, Delta has worked to make simple, decent housing possible with several house sponsorships and employee builds across the United States—including New York, Georgia and Minnesota and internationally in South Africa, Ghana, India and Chile—through its community relations program, Delta’s Force for Global Good. To date, Delta employees have donated thousands of hours of service to Habitat, helping families in need of safe, decent, affordable housing realize the dream of home ownership.

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. The 2009 Carter Work Project will mark the fourth time the former U.S. president and his wife have built with Habitat for Humanity in Asia. Previous Carter Work Projects were held in India in 2006, South Korea in 2001 and the Philippines in 1999.

About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines is the world’s No. 1 airline. From its hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Salt Lake City, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam and Tokyo-Narita, Delta, its Northwest subsidiary and Delta Connection carriers offer service to 382 destinations in 69 countries and serves more than 170 million passengers each year. Delta’s marketing alliances allow customers to earn and redeem either SkyMiles or WorldPerks on more than 16,000 daily flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta’s more than 70,000 employees worldwide are reshaping the aviation industry as the only U.S. airline to offer a full global network. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check bags and flight status at delta.com.

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.