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We Accomplish Much by Working Together

After leaving the White House, Rosalynn and I searched our hearts for ways to use our unique position to help those less fortunate around the world. We knew that two issues were of paramount importance: advancing peace and preventing human suffering.

So, in 1982 we took a leap of faith and founded The Carter Center. Waging peace, fighting disease, and building hope became the core of the Center’s mission — a mission that remains extremely urgent today.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter wear traditional Ghanaian attire, a gift from the chief of Tingoli village in northern Ghana. The Carters visited the village Feb. 8, 2007, as part of a two-week health tour of remote African villages. (Photo: L. Gubb/ The Carter Center)

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter wear traditional Ghanaian attire, a gift from the chief of Tingoli village in northern Ghana. The Carters visited the village Feb. 8, 2007, as part of a two-week health tour of remote African villages. (Photo: L. Gubb/ The Carter Center)

Preventable diseases and suffering still cripple hundreds of thousands of lives each year, and the forces of hatred and violence still make freedom a distant dream in too many places. What’s more, when conflicts erupt — whether in Korea, Uganda, Sudan, the Middle East, or anywhere in our world — for every soldier killed, nine civilians perish from stray bullets, bombs, land mines, and deliberate deprivation of food and medical care.

The toll taken by armed conflicts extends beyond the pain of immediate victims; world peace can be threatened as well. By preventing disease and suffering, advancing democracy, and nurturing hope and freedom, The Carter Center seeks to make the world a safer, freer place.

The Carter Center has a relatively simple approach that really works. Within our own country as well as in other nations, we form partnerships with organizations, corporations, foundations, officials, and individual supporters. We create a unified team that is far more effective than any one of us could hope to be. The results are gratifying.

Mediating conflicts, advancing democracy, and improving health care are just a few of the ways The Carter Center wages peace, fights disease, and builds hope for people in need. Fulfilling this mission makes Rosalynn and me very proud. Whether the borders that divide us are picket fences or national boundaries, we are all neighbors in a global community.

Posted in Conflict Resolution, Democracy, Health, Human Rights, Jimmy Carter, Peace, Rosalynn Carter

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  • 1

    lillkocher on February 21, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you for leading us towards peace and wellbeing for all. I’m happy to join you in this work.

  • 2

    John on February 21, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    It is a breath of fresh air to get some good news like this. Jimmy and Rosalynn, keep up the good fight.

  • 3

    Agnes Tam on February 21, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Praise the Lord for giving you to us as our president. What you did is a great witness to the love of our Lord. In this world of selfishness and absence of moral, you are a fresh spring.

  • 4

    Jane Moretz Edmisten on February 21, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Every time I see a Carter Center report,I have yet another cause to be grateful and honored to have its two founders in my life. There are no two people who have done more for their country and for humanity. President Carter And Mrs. Carter, continue to provide us inspiration and hope. With deep admiration, Jane

  • 5

    Rich Shoenhair on February 21, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    President Carter will go down in history as one of the greatest Presidents ever.
    Time will tell the truth…

  • 6

    Kathryn Gorrell on February 21, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Thank goodness for our wonderful POTUS Jimmy Carter and FLOTUS Rosalyn who have walked the walk in service to others. Both making America proud. Right now we need their good workstuff in a time Americanso feel anxious and fearful of the current state of our fractured government.

  • 7

    jenofhens on February 21, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Thank you for your continuing dedication to peace and the prevention of human suffering. I grew up in places where I witnessed first hand the turmoil and suffering you seek to end.

    I was attending the Aga Khan Secondary School in Mombasa, Kenya when you became president. I clearly remember the jubilation over your election in that far-flung locale – I was so proud to have you as our president then, and continue to be inspired Rosalyn’s and your work to this day.

    Thank you especially for your stance on women’s’ and girls’ health and welfare issues. I remember my father – a USAID engineer working on water and sanitation projects – saying to me: “This world will not be free until women and girls gain equality”.

    In love and gratitude,
    Jennifer Wadsworth

  • 8

    prof.c.p.ramachandran on February 21, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    22nd Feb 2017
    Congratulations to Both Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter for their major contributions through the Carter centre towards the control and elimination of diseases of Poverty which affects over 1 billion people living in the developing world of Africa,Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Your vision of a World free of Wars Diseases and Poverty is something all should strive for.
    Having worked for WHO on diseases of poverty for 18 years -I am optimistic that we will eliminate these diseases globally in the next 10 years.Thanks to the generous support from the Carter Centre.
    With thanks,
    Prof.C.P.
    Kuala Lumpur.

  • 9

    Ruth Magill on February 22, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Thank you Pres. and Mrs. Carter for being such inspiring leaders. We applaud your worldwide focus and are personally grateful for your many years of work with us in Habitat for Humanity.

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