Habitat for Humanity cancels Jimmy Carter build in Nepal

ATLANTA (AP) — A Habitat for Humanity build in Nepal that Jimmy Carter planned to participate in has been canceled.

The international trip would have been the former president’s first since announcing that cancer has spread to his brain.

Habitat for Humanity officials said Thursday that shortages of fuel and supplies in the region, not Carter’s health, forced the project’s cancellation. Civil unrest also has been reported after the announcement of the country’s new constitution.

The mission would have been 91-year-old Carter’s 32nd with the charity. He and his wife, Rosalynn, spend a week annually to volunteer on builds around the world.

Carter had received doctor’s approval for the trip. Carter has said it would have delayed his final immune-boosting drug treatment.

Carter says in a statement that he’s disappointed but understands Habitat’s decision.


This story has been corrected to show that the announcement of the canceled trip and build was made Thursday, not Wednesday.

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