MUMBAI: Action film star Jet Li, through his One Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity have signed an agreement to work together in China’s earthquake-torn Sichuan province in 2010 and in China’s Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi provinces in 2011.
The One-Habitat effort will join Li with Habitat for Humanity to build and repair houses, and work to meet other community needs in partnership with low-income earners in the provinces.
“I am looking forward to working with Habitat for Humanity volunteers to help build and repair houses in China,” said Li. “Together we will help people still recovering from the 2008 Sichuan earthquake and assist in building stronger communities.”
Li signed the agreement with Habitat for Humanity in Chiang Mai during Habitat’s annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Habitat’s Carter Work Project is a week-long build that takes place in a different location around the world each year. Former U.S. president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, are leading this year’s build in Thailand, Vietnam, China, Laos and Cambodia, 15 – 20 November.
“We are grateful to Jet Li and the One Foundation for working with Habitat for Humanity to improve the lives of low-income earners,” said Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford. “Jet will help not only build and repair houses, but also raise awareness about the need for decent housing.”
This week, Li is one of nearly 3,000 volunteers from around the world who are building and repairing 166 homes in Thailand, Vietnam, China, Cambodia and Laos – all countries along the Mekong River.