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Carter To Visit Habitat for Humanity Homes

Former US president Jimmy Carter is expected to visit Cambodia later this month, to tour the worksite of 21 houses by Habitat for Humanity, in Kandal province.

Carter, who is also a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will undertake a weeklong visit of Mekong River countries, including Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

“Every year since 1984 the former US president has spent one week volunteering with Habitat for Humanity somewhere in the world,” spokeswoman Melissa Cronin said. “And this year it’s very special because they are going to do the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter work project in five countries at one time, including Cambodia. So he is coming to visit the volunteers, meet the home owner and tour the build site in Oudong where the project took place.”

From Nov. 16 through Nov. 20, Carter, along with the former first lady, Rosalynn, and 3,000 volunteers, will build and repair 166 homes for the poor, including those in Cambodia.

“In an area of the world where many people live in deplorable conditions, we have a chance to help families improve their housing,” Carter said in a statement Monday.