In just three months, we’ll be sending five delegates to earthquake ravaged Haiti to participate in the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2011. In addition to contributing the time of these five volunteers, DC Habitat will also donate funds to the project.
This year’s Carter Work Project will take place November 5-12, in Léogân, a town 18 miles from Port au Prince considered to be the epicenter of the January 2010 earthquake. Because Habitat is committed to serving 50,000 Haitian families over the next five years, the Carter Work Project will be held in the country two years in a row, in both 2011 and 2012.
“Serving as a Mortar & Wood sponsor for this important event enables DC Habitat staff and Board to work alongside partners from organizations like Freddie Mac and World Bank to make a difference in a place of great need,” said Kent Adcock, President & CEO of DC Habitat. “Working on projects outside of our city and country helps us take a step further in our broader mission – eliminating poverty housing from the face of the earth.”
In addition to promoting peace and human rights through the nonprofit Carter Center in Atlanta, each year the Carters give a week of their time — and their construction skills — to build homes and raise awareness of the critical need for affordable housing worldwide. In October of 2010, DC Habitat’s development in Ivy City was one of the Carter Work Project’s host sites.
Learn more about plans for the 2011 project in Haiti at habitat.org.