Hello From Thailand!

Jo-An Turman has arrived and begun building in Thailand for the 26th Annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. She is our Senior Director of Marketing and Communications. As you will read below, she has already been quite moved by the experience and it has only been one day! Continue to check back for more updates from our Habitat for Humanity of Greater L.A. staff building at different locations throughout Southeast Asia.

It is so great here and beautiful, just incredibly hot and humid. There are about 2,000 volunteers here in Chiang Mai. We are building 82 homes here in celebration of the Thai King, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 82nd birthday on Dec. 5th. 8.2 million people live in substandard housing in Thailand.

Today we met our partner family and are building on our house #25. It is so great. We are filthy but loving it. Today we laid bricks and mortar, framed doors and windows and it is only 12 PM!

Our board members Jay, Matt Peterson, Ken Walker and his daughter Deanna are doing so great as well as Nikki (Donations Coordinator), Laura (Director of Development), Isabel (Corporate Project Manager), Erin (President/CEO), Veronica (VP of Advocacy & Community Partnerships) and Laura's aunt Vicky.

The Carters are here and are workaholics as usual. The partner families here in Thailand will pay about $750 US for their new houses. The homes are about 40 sq. meters. We are so blessed.

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