Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Habitat for Humanity International to Hammer in Hungary
July 9, 1996 -Vác, Hungary - Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is gearing up for what may well be its most ambitious Jimmy Carter Work Project yet. During the week of August 11-18, former U.S. President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter will take their hammers to Vác, Hungary, to build 10 homes in five days alongside an anticipated 500 volunteers from around the world.
For more than a decade, Jimmy Carter  has led the annual Habitat for Humanity event which bears his name to international communities as diverse as Tijuana, Mexico and Waterloo-Kitchener, Canada, as well as U.S. communities such as the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota and the Watts community of Los Angeles , California. Now he is calling for a truly global response to the critical need for affordable housing as he and HFH founder and president Millard Fuller bring the Habitat vision to Hungary, where it is desperately needed.
Since the collapse of Communism in Hungary, the housing situation has taken a turn for the worse as no private agency has stepped in to fill the former government role of housing provider. Many of the country's 3.8 million households lack access to the most basic utilities, yet the average Hungarian family now spends nearly three-quarters of their income on rent. Often the houses are severely crowded with multiple generations living together under one roof.
"The annual Jimmy Carter Work Project is a great opportunity to highlight our mission of building simple, decent houses in partnership with God's people in need, " said Millard Fuller , founder and president of HFHI. "The City of Vác has opened its doors to Habitat for Humanity International and we are looking forward to meeting many new partners."
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. Habitat is a volunteer-driven mission which works in partnership with people in need to build simple, decent shelter that is sold to them at no profit, through no-interest loans. Funds, building materials, and labor are donated by individuals, churches, corporations and other organizations who share the goal of making decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. "Habitat for Humanity is beginning to grow significantly in Europe," added Fuller. "This one week blitz build will help spread the word about this work."
Habitat for Humanity International is located in Americus, GA, U.S.A. This year Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 20 years of home and hope building. Habitat has over 1,200 affiliates located in all 50 United States. Additionally, the organization's more than 250 international affiliates coordinate some 800 building programs in nearly 50 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Great Britain, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Peru, Poland, the Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire and Zambia.