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Jimmy Carter to build homes in India

September 2006
Jimmy Carter to build homes in India

As the only U.S. president to have a town in India named after him, Georgia native Jimmy Carter is reestablishing his connection to a country that he officially visited back in 1978. He is doing it through his Jimmy Carter Work Project (JCWP), which is part of an indiaBUILDS campaign that will highlight the dire need for affordable housing in India. In late October this year, the former president and his wife Rosalynn will travel to Lonavala in Maharashtra, where, along with volunteers and families who need help, they will build decent and affordable homes. A nondescript town in Haryana was renamed Carterpuri after the Nobel laureate (and then president) made a trip there in the ‘70s. It was Lillian Carter, his mother, who'd first established a link to the eponymous town, given that she'd worked there as a Peace Corps volunteer at the age of 67. This is the first JCWP, which was inaugurated in New York in 1984, to be held in South Asia. In 2004, the Carters worked with volunteers to build 150 homes in Mexico, and last year, the couple led Michigan in a statewide effort to build 230 homes.

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