'Stone Soup' Creator Travels to Thailand with Habitat for Humanity

By: E&P Staff On Sunday, "Stone Soup" cartoonist/creator Jan Eliot traveled to Thailand to participate in a weeklong Habitat for Humanity's Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

Along with community members, celebrities and approximately 3,000 volunteers, Eliot will help build houses in the Chiang Mai province in northern Thailand. She will be a part of a Women Build crew, a program specifically geared toward teaching construction skills to female volunteers, which will build five homes in the area. The crew also includes Janet Huckabee, wife of Republican politician and television personality Mike Huckabee; CARE co-founder Beth Kuenstler; Rev. Shannon Ledbetter, head of Liverpool Habitat for Humanity; and Lisa Marie Nickerson, Associate Director of Women Build/Habitat for Humanity International.

Eliot and the rest of the Habitat team will work alongside former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn. The team is erecting 82 homes this week in honor of King Bhumibol Adulyadej?s 82nd birthday.

This is not Eliot?s first time partnering with Habitat for Humanity. In the past she has created T-shirt designs for Women Build and Operation Home Delivery, Habitat?s rebuilding initiative in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She has also done illustrations for Girls Build and created a souvenir postcard for the Chiang Mai project featuring characters from her "Stone Soup" strip, which is syndicated via Universal Uclick.


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