The former President and his wife Rosalynn Carter have built 4,300 homes in 14 countries since 1984.
After undergoing hip surgery last spring, Jimmy Carter is now ready now to continue volunteering to help build houses. The 94-year-old former President, also the longest living American President, has been helping build houses for 35 years with Habitat for Humanity and is ready to resume with the volunteering work after recovering from surgery, according to CNN.
A spokeswoman for the Carter Center revealed that the former President, along with his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, is going to build 21 new homes in Nashville, Tennessee, in October. “There have been many times when people have tried to count President Carter out, and they have never been right. We are excited that they will both be back," said Bryan Thomas, a spokesman for Habitat for Humanity International, according to The Washington Examiner.
Jimmy Carter is back on his feet just three months after breaking his hip in a fall at his home in May. Carter who has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity for over three decades will help build houses in the Park Preserve neighborhood of Nashville along with future Habitat homeowners and other volunteers. Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have helped build more than 4,300 homes in 14 countries since 1984. Prior to breaking his hip, the former President had last worked in the 2018 Carter Work Project in Mishawaka, Indiana.
After breaking his hip, Jimmy Carter was advised to take complete rest. He put on hold his teaching classes at Sunday school but less than a month after surgery he returned to start teaching at Maranatha Baptist Church.
The former President was also diagnosed with cancer back in 2015 after doctors detected four spots of cancer had spread to his brain. Carter initially believed he had very little time to live and said, “I have had a wonderful life. I'm ready for anything and I'm looking forward to a new adventure. It is in the hands of God, whom I worship," he told CNN.
Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, served as the 39th President from 1977 to 1981. Carter also served as a Georgia state senator and the governor of Georgia. He was awarded the Nobel peace prize for his work associated with the Carter Center and for being a vocal critic of wars. "War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn to live together in peace by killing each other's children,” said Carter, while giving his Nobel Peace Prize speech. After serving as President, Jimmy Carter has been a majority of his time involved in charitable work, including those undertaken by his foundation, Carter Center.
The Carter Center was instituted in partnership with Emory University, with a "commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering." Jimmy Carter also taught at Emory University for over 30 years and recently became a tenured faculty member of Emory.
Recently, Carter pointed to China's growth and observed that America was falling behind because of all the wars it was embroiled in. "We have wasted I think $3 trillion. It’s more than you can imagine. China has not wasted a single penny on war and that’s why they’re ahead of us. In almost every way,” said Carter. "I think the difference is if you take $3 trillion and put it in American infrastructure you’d probably have $2 trillion leftover. We’d have a high-speed railroad. We’d have bridges that aren’t collapsing, we’d have roads that are maintained properly. Our education system would be as good as that of say South Korea or Hong Kong," said Jimmy Carter.