166 Homes Dedicated At Habitat For Humanity's Annual 'jimmy And Rosalynn Carter Work Project'

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MEDIA RELEASE PR37232


166 Homes Dedicated at Habitat for Humanity's Annual 'Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work

Project'


CHIANG MAI,  Nov. 21 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


    Plans under way for Oct. 2010 "Carter Work Project" build in the United

                  States to kick off on World Habitat Day


    Nearly 3,000 Habitat for Humanity volunteers dedicated 166 homes in

Thailand, Vietnam, China, Laos and Cambodia. The houses were built or

repaired as part of Habitat's annual "Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work

Project," where the former U.S. president and first lady helped raise

awareness about the need for affordable housing and built homes in

partnership with low-income earners.


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    "We are grateful to the Carters and the thousands of volunteers who've

worked to make simple, decent and affordable housing possible," said Jonathan

Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "Their work this week

will help Habitat increase its efforts in this region to serve even more

families in need of improved housing conditions."


    Celebrity volunteers included global movie action star Jet Li, who signed

an agreement with Habitat for Humanity to help build and improve homes in

China in 2010-2011.


    Also seen working on the Thai site were Japanese football player

Hidetoshi Nakata; from India, Bollywood superstar and Habitat for Humanity

India supporter John Abraham, along with actor R. "Maddy" Madhavan and Pooja

Bedi, and, from Sri Lanka, actress and broadcaster Jacqueline Fernandez;

South Korean TV actor Lee Seo-Jin; and Habitat for Humanity Thailand's

goodwill ambassador, singer and actor Rattapoom "Film" Tokongsub.


    In Chengdu, China, Hong Kong actor/director Daniel Wu was one of several

high-profile volunteers to build.


    "I don't want the house to be completed yet, because I want everybody to

stay longer," said new homeowner Kanchit Suthimetheesakul of her experience

building a Habitat house alongside volunteers in Thailand this week. "When it

is done, this will be everybody's house, not just ours. We are all friends

now."


    In 2010, the Carter Work Project will move back to the United States.


    "I also am pleased to announce that next year Habitat's Jimmy and

Rosalynn Carter Work Project will be held in the United States, Oct. 3- 8, to

coincide with World Habitat Day," said Reckford.


    World Habitat Day occurs on the first Monday in October each year as a

time to reflect on the state of towns and cities, and the basic right of

adequate shelter for all people.



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166 Homes Dedicated at Habitat for Humanity's Annual 'Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project'





    The day was designated by the United Nations and is annually observed by

Habitat for Humanity organizations around the world.


    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, Thailand, Vietnam, China, South

Korea, Laos 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 and

rehabilitated 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 and for details about Habitat's work in

Asia, please visit www.habitat.org/ap.


     SOURCE: Habitat for Humanity International


    CONTACT: Peter Witton,

             +66(0)86105-1767 or +852-909-72014,

             pwitton@habitat.org, or


             Duane Bates, +1-404-733-3079, 

             dbates@habitat.org, or


             www.habitat.org/newsroom




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