Former US president Carter to build homes in Nepal

KATHMANDU (TIP): Former US president Jimmy Carter who has been diagnosed with cancer will travel to quake-hit Nepal to build homes with 1,500 volunteers in November.

In August, 90-year-old Carter said he had been diagnosed with cancer in his brain but still hoped to make a scheduled trip to Nepal.

“I really wanted to go to Nepal to build houses,” he had said.

NGO Habitat for Humanity in a press statement today said that Carter had received consent from his medical team to travel to Nepal.

Carter and his wife Rosalynn will participate in Habitat for Humanity’s 32nd annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project from November 1 to 6 in Chitwan in southern Nepal.

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During the week, 1,500 volunteers from within Nepal and around the world will join him in building permanent homes in partnership with low-income families in Nayabasti Gairigaun village in the district.

A majority of these families are Dalits, according to the Carter Centre.

Nepal was devastated by a massive earthquake that struck the Himalayan nation on April 25 killing over 9,000 people while many more were left without shelter.

Carter, the 39th US president and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, who founded the Carter Centre, has travelled the world as a peace broker and human rights advocate.

He had also visited Kathmandu in November, 2013 to observe Nepal’s second Constituent Assembly election.

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