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Wed May 06 08:24:35 SAST 2015

Jimmy Carter returns to Haiti to build houses

Sapa-AP | 26 November, 2012 19:30
Former President Jimmy Carter speaks during his 28th annual town hall meeting at Emory University in Atlanta, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009. Carter answered questions from Emory students on the topics of President Barack Obama, health care reform and the Middle East. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)
Image by: Paul Abell

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is in Haiti, helping to build homes in a town hit hard by the devastating January 2010.

Carter and wife Rosalynn are leading a mission of hundreds of Habitat for Humanity volunteers in the southwestern town of Leogane. The town was the epicenter of the quake. Many people there still have no home or live in terrible conditions.

The former president and former first lady were both taking an active part Monday in the construction of 100 one-room houses on about 14 acres. Families will get to live in the homes rent-free for five years and then will have to pay a modest annual rent to the government.

This is the 88-year-old president's second trip to Haiti since the quake and third since 2009.

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