Chiang Mai, Thailand (Nov. 16, 2009)―South Korean actor Lee Seo-jin, star of the hit movie Damo, joined Habitat for Humanity’s annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Chiang Mai.
South Korean actor Seo-Jin Lee grouts interlocking blocks during the 2009 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Habitat for Humanity/Andy Nelson.
Lee Seo-jin worked alongside volunteers to help build and repair homes in partnership with low-income families in need of decent housing. Habitat’s Carter Work Project is an intensive week-long build that takes place in a different city around the world each year. Former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn are leading the annual Habitat for Humanity build in five Asian countries, Nov. 15-20.
Lee Seo-jin, who is building in Thailand, is one of nearly 3,000 volunteers from around the world who will spend the week building and repairing 166 homes. The volunteers will be working in Thailand, Vietnam, China, Cambodia and Laos – all countries along the Mekong River.
Seo-jin began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Korea in 2006 and has been an important supporter of Habitat’s work in Korea. In addition to personally donating to Habitat, in 2008 Seo-jin fronted the “Build with Lee Seo- jin” campaign which attracted 200 volunteers. He has volunteered on numerous Habitat build sites and has been named a Habitat goodwill ambassador for all of his work with the organization.
Habitat’s Carter Work Project is an annual, internationally-recognized week of building that brings attention to the need for simple, decent and affordable housing in partnership with low-income families. President and Mrs. Carter have faithfully given one week of their time each year since 1984 to help build Habitat homes and raise awareness about the need for simple, decent housing. The Carter Work Project has been held in India, Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, South Africa, Hungary and throughout the United States.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org .