President Carter Honored With Nobel Peace Prize
AMERICUS, Ga., Oct. 11, 2002-Millard Fuller, writing 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 upon being named this year’s recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
In a letter to the former president, who is Habitat for Humanity’s most famous and beloved volunteer, Fuller commended 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.” 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.
Former President Carter is an active advocate of humanitarian causes, including his partnership with Habitat for Humanity International. Since beginning his work with Habitat for Humanity nearly 20 years ago, Carter has been instrumental in bringing international attention to the organization and its mission of building modest, affordable houses with low-income families.
Each year Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, devote a week of their time to building Habitat houses as part of HFHI’s Jimmy Carter Work Project (JCWP). Since 1984, the Carters have helped build more than 1,000 houses alongside Habitat homeowners and volunteers through the annual work project. During this year’s JCWP 2002 in Durban, South Africa, the Carters joined thousands of volunteers in building 100 Habitat houses in just one week. The 20th Jimmy Carter Work Project will be June 9-13, 2003, in Anniston, Ala., and LaGrange and Valdosta, Ga. More than 70 houses will be built during that week.
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. The Carter Center is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.
For more information about President Jimmy Carter and his work with Habitat for Humanity International, log on to our Web site at www.habitat.org . For information about The Carter Center, log on to 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 83 nations have built and sold more than 125,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.