The week of July 9th through July 15, 2017, Susan Spain from the Atlanta office worked with Habitat for Humanity International in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. This, the 34th year of the Carter Work Projects, focused on helping Canada celebrate its 150th birthday by housing 150 families in need, including 276 children. Susan worked on Asaad’s house. He is a pipefitter who fled Iraq with his wife and four children seven years ago, when the war devastated their home and community. His wife works at a preschool in Edmonton.
The build days were full of hard work and a lot of laughter, and in the evening, having a look around Edmonton. Susan attended an Edmonton Eskimos football game, walked through a street fair, and had her first taste of poutine, the Canadians’ take on French fries (they put gravy and cheese on them!).
Susan is already looking forward to next year’s Carter Work Project, which will be the last one the Carters will lead. (Going forward, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will take the reins.) The 2018 build will take place in South Bend and Mishawaka, Indiana. Anyone care to join Susan?!