Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter: Habitat for Humanity project will take place in the Dominican Republic in 2020

The previously announced 2020 Carter Work Project in the Dominican Republic has been indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are disappointed to make this difficult decision, the health and safety of our volunteers and the people in the communities in which we serve must be our priority. (March 25th, 2020)

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The Dominican Republic will be the 15th country to host the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Project, from Habitat for Humanity, as the former president of the United States announced. The construction announcement for November 2020 was made at the end of the 36th Carter Project in Nashville, United States.

Former President Jimmy Carter announced the 2020 Carter Project by passing a ceremonial tool to Cesarina Fabián of Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic.

Since beginning their work with Habitat for Humanity in 1984, the President and Mrs. Carter have helped build, renovate and repair 4,390 homes in 14 countries along with more than 104,000 volunteers through their annual work project. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has served more than 22 million people worldwide.

“We have the honor of receiving the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter 2020 Project in the Dominican Republic,” said Cesarina Fabián, National Director of Habitat for Humanity in the Dominican Republic. “The President and Mrs. Carter are a magnificent example of service. We are so grateful for your commitment to build a world where everyone has a decent and safe place to live”

The construction of 2020 will mark the third time the project is carried out in the Caribbean. The former president and first lady traveled to Haiti to build with homeowners and hundreds of volunteers in 2011 and 2012.

According to the National Statistics Office of the Dominican Republic, the country faces a deficit of more than 2.1 million housing units, which increases from 50,000 to 60,000 each year. About sixty percent of the housing deficit is due to the quality and safety of available homes, and about forty percent is due to the lack of available homes.

This week in Nashville, the Carters joined hundreds of volunteers to build 21 new houses of Habitat for Humanity. Another 38 new houses will be built before 2021 with the support of the funds raised for the project. In total, the funds raised during the 2019 Carter Project will have served 59 Nashville families.

Photographs of the Carter Project in Nashville and previous projects are available at
habitat.ngo/CWPphotos.

 

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that all people need a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a local project on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has grown into a leading nonprofit organization worldwide, working in local communities throughout the 50 states in the US. UU and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals who need help form alliances with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their homes together with volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Whether through financial aid, volunteering, or by disseminating support for attainable housing, everyone can help families obtain the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for them. We empower with housing. For more information, visit habitat.org.

 

About Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic
With the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic empowers families to build strength, stability and self-sufficiency through housing. Since its creation in 1986, Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic has made more than 26,000 housing solutions and has impacted some 135,000 people.

Habitat Dominican Republic contributes with your country by improving the living conditions of families that do not have access to a decent place to live, either because they do not have a house or because their housing is not adequate. This goal is achieved through the execution of several programs such as the construction of new houses, financial education, activities related to disaster response and risk reduction, capacity building in construction for families and bricklayers, the promotion of access to products of Microfinance for the repair and improvement of houses for low-income families with technical assistance in construction and the help of volunteers. We empower with housing.

For more information, visit habitatdominicana.org

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