November 7, 2011
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LÉOGÂNE, Haiti (Nov. 7, 2011) — Today, President and Mrs. Carter joined more than 500 volunteers from around the world for Habitat for Humanity’s 28th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The weeklong build will help to construct 100 homes in partnership with earthquake-affected families in Léogâne, Haiti. The community, which is 18 miles west of Port-au-Prince, is near the epicenter of the Jan. 12, 2010 7.0-magnitude earthquake.
“When we see the devastation that took place last year, we are compelled to act and are determined to assist the Haitian people rebuild their communities,” said President Carter. “Rosalynn and I are grateful to all of the Habitat volunteers and the families in Haiti who will join us in this effort.”
The build will take place in the Santo community where Habitat will build a total of 150 core houses this year. An additional 100 houses will be built on the site in 2012. The community will ultimately house 500 families displaced by the 2010 earthquake. The homes will be built in partnership with families currently living in tents and other temporary structures.
“Habitat for Humanity has made a five-year commitment to serve 50,000 Haitian families, and the Carter Work Project will help us to build homes and raise awareness to meet that goal,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are incredibly appreciative of the Carters and all the volunteers, sponsors and partners whose are joining with us to help families in Haiti rebuild their lives.”
The Carters are Habitat for Humanity’s most famous volunteers and give a week of their time each year to help Habitat build, renovate or repair homes, and raise awareness about the need for affordable and decent housing. They joined Habitat for Humanity in 1984 to help renovate a decaying building in New York City’s Lower East Side. Today, the building is part of a thriving, reinvigorated and dynamic community. Since that first build, the Carters and thousands of volunteers have worked with Habitat for Humanity across the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos and Vietnam.
Habitat for Humanity would like to thank the thousands of volunteers, partner families and the following sponsors for this year’s Carter Work Project: Delta Air Lines, ArcelorMittal Foundation, Cosette Communication, Inc., The Dow Chemical Company, Habitat for Humanity Canada National Leadership Council, Nissan and countless others.
Habitat’s Carter Work Project is the culmination of a month-long observance of the need for safe, decent and affordable shelter that began on World Habitat Day, Oct. 3. Observed annually on the first Monday of October, World Habitat Day is designated by the United Nations as a time to reflect on the dire need for adequate shelter around the globe. Habitat will kick-off the World Habitat Day observance in Washington, D.C., with a focus on rebuilding hope after disasters, highlighting the work in Haiti as an exemplary response to the need for recovery.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built and renovated more than 400,000 homes worldwide. In Europe and Central Asia, Habitat works in 22 countries with partners, donors and volunteers from the region. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, visit www.habitateurope.org