DELAWARE, Ohio (Nov. 30, 2012) – Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B) helped sponsor Habitat for Humanity’s 29th annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, an internationally recognized weeklong event of building houses. This year’s build is taking place from Nov. 23 – Dec. 1 in Léogâne, Haiti.
President and Mrs. Carter joined nearly 600 volunteers to help build 100 homes in the Santo community in partnership with families affected by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in 2010. The 2012 Carter Work Project was the culmination of a two-year effort to help families left homeless from the disaster. Volunteers helped build 150 houses in the Santo community in 2011.
Greif, a global provider of industrial packaging products and services, is a Gold sponsor for the Carter Work Project 2012 in Haiti. Twelve Greif employees joined the other volunteers to help build homes in the Santo community. Greif also donated rain catchment systems for 300 core houses in Léogâne, and more through a gifts-in-kind contribution to Habitat.
In addition to supporting Habitat’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, Greif and Habitat are working together to develop and test water solutions for the countries where access to clean water remains a challenge. Furthermore, Habitat and Greif are testing the Greif water backpack, PackH2O™, an innovative water transport system, for use in disaster response projects in more than 20 countries. PackH2O is a low-cost, durable and efficient human water transport tool, designed to ease the burden of carrying water home rather than using jerry cans or buckets. Greif, which has operations in more than 200 locations in more than 55 countries, is positioned to be one of Habitat’s important global partners.
The Carter Work Project is the culmination of a two-month observance to bring attention to the need for safe and decent housing and the pivotal role of housing in community development, which began with special events on World Habitat Day, Monday, Oct. 1.
World Habitat Day is designated each year by the United Nations to call attention to the need for adequate housing for everyone by raising awareness and mobilizing people to take action in response to the need of better shelter around the world. This year’s World Habitat Day theme was “many homes, one community.”
The Carters are Habitat for Humanity’s most famous volunteers and give a week of their time each year to help Habitat build, renovate or repair homes and raise awareness about the need for affordable and decent housing. They joined Habitat for Humanity in 1984 to help renovate a decaying building in New York City’s Lower East Side. Today, the building is part of a thriving, reinvigorated and dynamic community. Since that build, the Carters and thousands of volunteers have worked with Habitat for Humanity across the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos and Vietnam.