ask Stephanie Doe, a new resident of Jimmy Carter Drive in Valdosta Georgia.
In just one week, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
and other volunteers built 27 housing units for needy families in Valdosta,
Georgia with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI).
Stephanie and 26 other families now reside in a safe affordable home.
(Right photo: BonnieJean Butler and New Home Owner Stephanie
(Right photo: BonnieJean Butler and New Home Owner Stephanie Doe.)
A local volunteer, Dr. BonnieJean Butler, President of Butler Global Consulting, jumped at the chance to participate when she heard about this program and had the good fortune to speak to Former President Carter and his wife Roslynn. She describes them as warm with a commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering.
was impressed the dedicated participation from Former President Carter (and
his wife Rosalynn)” says Dr. Butler. He
described his favorite part of the building process being when the frame is
completed; “It is exciting to see it actually become a house right before our
eyes”, Carter stated. He joked
about his least favorite work is the roofing.
In heat over 95 degrees, it is easy to know why. (Right
photo: President Carter at the Valdosta Georgia site.)
(Right photo: President Carter at the Valdosta Georgia site.)
Dr. Butler also met Dr. Kenneth D. Kaunda Founding President
of Zambia who invited volunteers to work with him in Zambia, October
6 – 10, 2003. Kaunda hopes the project will raise public awareness and
consciousness of Zambia’s poverty situation and highlight the work of Habitat
for Humanity Zambia by constructing safe, decent, affordable homes for 20
When asked why Dr. Butler went to Georgia to contribute ‘sweat equity’ to this program.
“I’m currently on the Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, but have a strong desire to do more. Affordable housing is a serious problem with high construction costs, low wages and a decrease in affordable living opportunities. “And I love the mission work nonprofits achieve. They fill a gap between government and private party support which is why my company services so many nonprofit programs. I am always thrilled to make a difference in the life of others.”
photo: New Home Owner Stephanie Doe, Dr. Kenneth Kunda, Founding President of
Zambia and Dr. BonnieJean Butler.)
(Above photo: New Home Owner Stephanie Doe, Dr. Kenneth Kunda, Founding President of Zambia and Dr. BonnieJean Butler.)
Dr. BonnieJean Butler, President
Butler Global Consulting
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