President Jimmy Carter visits Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic

After volunteering in Haiti, former U.S. President and Mrs. Carter support Habitat’s work in the Dominican Republic.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (November 9, 2011) – In conjunction with Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Haiti, President and Mrs. Carter arrived in the Dominican Republic to help raise awareness about the need of decent housing.

Upon President Carter’s arrival to the Joaquin Balaguer International Airport La Isabela, he attended a reception with Habitat for Humanity staff, government officials and local business and social entrepreneurs. The former U.S. President then spoke at a press conference on the Habitat construction site.

“Rosalynn and I have witnessed and been a part of the life-changing work Habitat has done around the world,” said President Carter. “We are pleased to join Habitat for Humanity in the Dominican Republic to bring attention to the need for safe, decent and affordable housing.”

“For more than two decades, Habitat for Humanity has been making a difference in the Dominican Republic by helping those in need,” said Cesarina Fabian, national director of Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic. “We have directly helped 3,400 low-income families improve their way of life, impacting more than 11,000 individuals.”

In the Dominican Republic, large numbers of informal settlements in precarious conditions and with no proper infrastructure or basic services put the health and safety of urban residents at risk. Over the next year, Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic is working to promote and facilitate access to adequate housing solutions for low-income families, contributing to a fundamental and sustainable impact in the community. The organization plans to build 537 homes, including full houses, repairs and individual progressive rehabilitations.

“We are grateful for the Carters and for all the volunteers in the Dominican Republic,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We appreciate this opportunity to highlight the issues of urbanization and the critical role of adequate shelter.”

Habitat’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project is the culmination of a month-long observance of the need for safe, decent and affordable shelter that began on World Habitat Day, Oct. 3. Observed annually on the first Monday of October, World Habitat Day is designated by the United Nations as a time to reflect on the dire need for adequate shelter around the globe. This year, Habitat focused its observance of World Habitat Day with an emphasis on rebuilding hope after disasters, highlighting the work in Haiti as an exemplary response to the need for recovery.

The Carters are Habitat for Humanity’s most famous volunteers and give a week of their time each year to help Habitat build, renovate or repair homes, and raise awareness about the need for affordable and decent housing. Since their first build in 1984, the Carters and thousands of volunteers have worked with Habitat for Humanity across the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos and Vietnam.

About Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic
Habitat for Humanity Dominican Republic is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that promotes the right to adequate housing for all. Since 1986, Habitat Dominican Republic has served more than 3,000 families with decent, safe and long-term housing solutions. For more information, visit .

About Habitat for Humanity Latin America and the Caribbean
Habitat for Humanity first opened its doors in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in 1979, and has since helped more than 100,000 low-income families to access adequate housing in the region. Headquartered in San Jose, Costa Rica, the Latin America and Caribbean regional office coordinates the efforts of 16 national organizations, as well as unique partnerships throughout the region. For more information, visit