Thursday, October 1, 2015

Jimmy Carter and 1,500 Volunteers Set for Nepal Project

Rosalyn and Jimmy Carter.  Habitat for Humanity photo.

Happy Birthday, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Celebrating his 92nd birthday today, (October 1), the former president and his wife, the former First Lady Rosalyn Carter, will travel to Nepal for Habitat Humanity's 32nd Carter Work Project the week of Nov. 1-6.

From a Habitat for Humanity media release:

ATLANTA (Sept. 29, 2015) President Jimmy Carter recently received consent from his medical team to travel to Nepal for Habitat for Humanity’s 32nd annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The build will take place Nov. 1-6 in the Chitwan district, which is located 160 kilometers (100 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu.

“Since Rosalynn and I first volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in 1984, we’ve never missed a single year,” said President Carter. “I am grateful that we can join with other volunteers in November and continue to help shed light on the critical need to address inadequate housing around the world.”

During the week, 1,500 volunteers from within Nepal and around the world will help build permanent homes in partnership with low-income families in the Nayabasti Gairigaun village. A majority of these families are Dalits, who are considered the lowest group in the Nepali caste system. Many work as construction laborers, farmers or garbage collectors, or work at a nearby poultry farm, earning US$5 to US$7 a day.

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