Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn kicked off their 27th annual work project with housing nonprofit Habitat for Humanity in Northeast Washington, D.C., today. Between hammering nails and raising walls in the chilly rain in front of a throng of news cameras, Carter took a moment to endorse another housing nonprofit, The Fuller Center for Housing, for a plan to build houses in North Korea, set to begin shortly. “They’ve already gotten permission from the government of North Korea to come in; they’ve already had a team there to assess the construction possibilities. This has to be a very flexible thing because as you know all of the houses in North Korea are owned by the government,” Carter said. “We’re just thankful that we’ll be able to get some houses built in North Korea for people in need.”
The Fuller Center was founded in 2005 by Millard and Linda Fuller after they had a fall-out with Habitat, which they also founded and ran for 29 years.
The Fullers first recruited Carter to partner with them in 1984, and this year’s week-long Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will hit up Annapolis and Baltimore, Maryland, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and Birmingham, Alabama. Despite the former president’s stomach-virus hospitalization last week, the Carters are planning to keep building through Friday, with the goal of building or rehabilitating 86 houses to commemorate Carter’s 86 birthday last Friday.