Nobel Peace Prize Winner Carter Called 'Deserving Peacemaker' By Habitat Founder
AMERICUS, Ga., Dec. 9, 2002 -- Millard Fuller, on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International and its hundreds of thousands of volunteers and homeowners around the world, today congratulated former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, calling Carter's humanitarian efforts "unparalleled."
Fuller commended the former president's determination to rid the world of disease, provide shelter, ensure free elections and preserve peace. "President Carter is so incredibly deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize," said Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. "I am enormously pleased that he has been chosen for this prestigious award. I don't think there is a more deserving peacemaker in the world today."
Fuller thanked Carter, who is Habitat for Humanity's most famous and beloved volunteer, commending Carter for being "a great humanitarian and an inspiration-one who demonstrates that life is a gift from God and should be spent in service to others. No one is more deserving of this recognition. Not only have you built a legacy of service, you have volunteered many hours to build homes with people in need."
Since a New York City Habitat for Humanity build in 1984, President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have devoted a week of their time to building Habitat houses alongside volunteers and homeowners around the world. The 20th Jimmy Carter Work Project will be June 9-13, 2003, in Alabama and Georgia. For more information about President Carter and his work with Habitat for Humanity International, log on to http://www.habitat.org/ .
The Carters' primary focus is The Carter Center in Atlanta. The organization, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. For information about The Carter Center, log on to http://www.cartercenter.org/ .
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 3,000 communities in 87 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.