President Carter Receives Doctorate For Humanitarian Work
Plains, Ga.- October 31, 2001 - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Hoseo University of Asan, South Korea, for his work as a world leader on human rights. The ceremony honoring Habitat for Humanity's most distinguished volunteer took place Wednesday in the gymnasium of Plains High School.
'President Carter has devoted himself to promoting peace and basic human rights throughout the world," said Dr. KunMo Chung, president of Hoseo University. Chung and a delegation of university representatives traveled to Georgia to bestow the honor on Carter. "In addition, his annual Jimmy Carter Work Project with Habitat for Humanity International has helped advance the cause of ending poverty housing throughout the world."
"I am proud to receive this honorary [Doctorate of Humanities], not only for me, but for Habitat for Humanity and its worldwide influence," said Carter during his acceptance speech. "The work of Hoseo University and Habitat for Humanity has reached out to people in the name of Christ."
In September, Carter and his wife Rosalyn, along with thousands of Habitat for Humanity volunteers, built 136 homes in six South Korean cities during The Jimmy Carter Work Project 2001. Since 1984, the Carters have helped to build thousands of homes all over the world during the annual work project.
"Habitat for Humanity International is so grateful for everything that President Carter has done for our organization and for the people who no longer have to live in poverty housing throughout the world," said Millard Fuller, Habitat's president. "His work to rid the world of sickness, famine and war has saved the lives of countless people. He is a great American and a great humanitarian."
Since leaving office in 1981, President Carter founded The Carter Center in Atlanta. The non-profit organization is dedicated to fighting disease, poverty, oppression, hunger and conflict throughout the world. President Carter uses his skills as a negotiator and world leader to bring peace to trouble spots, food-growing techniques to the hungry and medicine to the sick.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 83 nations have built and sold more than 100,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.