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John Abraham helps build homes and awareness with Habitat for Humanity during the annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project

Chiang Mai, Thailand (Nov. 18, 2009)―Indian superstar John Abraham joined Habitat for Humanity’s annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Chiang Mai this week.

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India film star John Abraham worked on a new Habitat home with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in Chiang Mai, Thailand, during the 2009 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Habitat for Humanity/Andy Nelson.

Abraham worked alongside volunteers, including fellow actor Maddy Ranganathan; talk show hostess, writer and actress Pooja Bedi; and Jacqueline Fernandez, star the new Bollywood movie Aladin, to help build and repair homes in partnership with low-income families in need of decent housing. Habitat’s Carter Work Project is an intensive week-long build that takes place in a different city around the world each year. Former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are leading the annual Habitat for Humanity build in five Asian countries, Nov. 15-20.

Abraham, who is building in Thailand, joins nearly 3,000 volunteers from around the world will spend the week building and repairing 166 homes in Thailand, Vietnam, China, Cambodia and Laos – all countries along the Mekong River.

“It’s great being part of the building process,” said Abraham, who was named a Habitat Global Hero for his support of work in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ethiopia. The greatest thing about Habitat for Humanity, Abraham said, is its revenue model, with homeowner families helping to pay for houses for future families. “I find this really special,” he said. “And I think it’s a great model for other organizations.”

A Habitat volunteer since 2006, Abraham has helped raise funding for building projects in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ethiopia. In addition to working on many Habitat construction sites, he has also appeared in public service announcements for Habitat.

Through a public awareness and volunteer program titled “John’s Brigade,” the movie Abraham is encouraging Indian residents and non-resident Indians around the world to support Habitat for Humanity’s indiaBUILDS campaign which aims to help more than 250,000 low-income people in India into safe, decent and affordable homes and to inspire others to champion innovative solutions for the estimated 315 million Indians who lack a decent place to call home.

While in Thailand for the Carter Work Project, Abraham will work alongside other volunteers to build a community of 82 houses with families in Chiang Mai province. The number 82 was chosen to honor the 82nd birthday of the Thai monarch, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, on Dec. 5, 2009.

Habitat volunteers in Cambodia will build 21 houses in Damnak Thom village with families who will be relocating from a dumpsite near Phnom Penh. Thirty-two houses will be built by Habitat homeowners and volunteers in Vietnam’s Dong Xa village near Hanoi.

In China, Habitat is working with the local government in Qionglai city, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, in a project to build a series of multi-story, urban housing units that will eventually house hundreds of families. Habitat volunteers will help construct 20 Habitat for Humanity units during the Carter project.

Additionally, in Laos, Habitat volunteers and families will refurbish 11 homes in Ban Chawang village, 30 minutes outside the capital city of Vientiane.

Habitat’s Carter Work Project is an annual, internationally-recognized week of building that brings attention to the need for simple, decent and affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. President and Mrs. Carter have faithfully given one week of their time each year since 1984 to help build Habitat homes and raise awareness about the need for simple, decent housing. The Carter Work Project has been held in India, Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, South Africa, Hungary and throughout the United States.

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.