World Habitat Day a Reminder of the Need for Shelter
Jimmy Carter urges everyone to take action
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2012 1:56 PM CDT
Rezilhome Diverne, 68, sits outside his tent at a camp for people displaced by the 2010 earthquake after the passing of Tropical Storm Isaac in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday Aug. 27, 2012.   (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

(Newser) – It's World Habitat Day, and in the Huffington Post Jimmy Carter urges you to take the time to "recognize the basic need for shelter" around the globe. In Haiti, for example, hundreds of thousands still live in tents and other makeshift shelters—almost three years after its 7.0 earthquake. The rest of the world should be appalled by this. "Imagine your daily life but with the added burdens of heightened exposure to the risk of disease, inadequate protection from the world around you, and the threat of repeat displacement," Carter writes.

There's no easy solution, but if the global community helps families and neighbors in devastated areas to work together, progress can be made. Carter and his wife took a trip to one quake-ravaged community last year with Habitat for Humanity, helping to build 100 homes. They'll do it again in November. "Our goal in building these many homes is the establishment of one community," Carter writes. And Habitat for Humanity not only builds homes, it provides jobs for Haitians and allows them to help create that community. It's this type of grassroots action that provides hope for the future, and that Carter hopes you'll take in your own community. Click for his full column.

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Oct 1, 2012 5:11 PM CDT
Remember Mr. Romney's words--47% of us feel like victims and entitled to health care, food, shelter and you name it. I just hope that any person that votes for this uncaring person never ends up without food and shelter.
Oct 1, 2012 4:28 PM CDT
i could barely get through 2 days of the 3 days of peace and music on the soupy grounds at bethel, ny. waking up wet in a tent that leaked was not my idea of comfort. notwithstanding the lack of port-a-pottys. i hitchhiked out on the 3rd morning. i cannot imagine haitians suffering like this for almost 3 years. certainly no peace nor music for them.
Oct 1, 2012 2:12 PM CDT
"After a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Haiti last year, Americans responded to the devastation generously, giving nearly $2 billion to hundreds of charities." Yet much of that remains unspent as of lastyear.