The Carter Center: TRAVELING THE WORLD ONE ELECTION AT A TIME
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids|September 2020
When President Jimmy Carter left the White House in 1981, his career as a public servant was far from over.
Christine Graf

The following year, Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, founded the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The nonprofit organization works to promote democracy and improve health and human rights around the world. They have helped people in more than 80 countries—people whom the center describes as being “the poor and often forgotten.”

Representatives of the Carter Center have been invited to observe more than 100 elections in 39 countries throughout Africa, Latin America, and Asia. The center does not represent the United States government and its representatives travel only to places where they have been invited and are welcomed by all political parties. They travel to countries where elections are being held under troubled or dangerous conditions. These countries are often emerging from civil wars or armed conflicts and are transitioning to democracies.

Teams of between four and 15 representatives, called LTOs (long-term observers), are deployed for up to six months before elections are to take place. According to Avery Davis-Roberts, associate director of the democracy program, “We try to have a lot of diversity on our LTO teams. We try to make sure that the teams are gender-balanced and that they are not made up just of people from the region and neighboring countries but also from other parts of the world.”

LTOs set up in-country field offices and travel to towns and villages to meet citizens and political representatives. Travel is often difficult due to poor roads. In countries such as Nepal, it is not unusual for LTOs to trek on foot for days to reach a village. At times, they have limited access to running water and electricity.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM FACES - THE MAGAZINE OF PEOPLE, PLACES AND CULTURES FOR KIDSView All

Animal Central

From golden frogs to big cats to colorful birds, the national animals of Central America represent the geography and cultures of the region. For a quick sampling of creatures plain and beautiful, common and rare, read on.

3 mins read
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids
January 2021

31 Countries Biosphere

The Trifinio Fraternidad Biosphere Reserve is located at a spot where El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras converge. A biosphere is the layer of planet Earth where life exists.

2 mins read
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids
January 2021

THE LEGEND OF THE QUETZAL BIRD

A Mayan Tale retold by Pat Betteley illustrated by Amanda Shepherd

4 mins read
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids
January 2021

Semana Santa GUATEMALA'S HOLY WEEK

What if Easter preparations meant dyeing sand, collecting pine needles, and staying up all night to work on an art project that you knew would be ruined the very next day? Well, welcome to Guatemala’s Semana Santa, or Holy Week.

4 mins read
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids
January 2021

ME OH-MAYA!

The Maya are groups of people who live in parts of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. Their ancestors created a great society. At its peak, from 600-900 C.E., the Maya civilization was more advanced than its neighbors in the Americas.

3 mins read
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids
January 2021

Playing Games Honduras-style

Would you play the same games in Honduras that you do in the United States? You might. Children in Honduras enjoy many of the same games North Americans do. They go fishing and shoot baskets. They play sandlot baseball—called bate (BAH tay). They fly kites and ride bikes. Their parents may go horseback riding or play golf or tennis.

3 mins read
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids
January 2021

LIVING A LONG LIFE IN THE Blue Zone

Most people would like to live as long a life as possible. No one really knows why some people live longer than others, but did you know that where you live can play a big part in how many years you’ll be alive? If you live in a Blue Zone, chances are that you will live much longer than people in other parts of the world.

2 mins read
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids
January 2021

ATTENTION WORLD: Belize Saves Their Coral Reef

Sea turtles float in clear waters, colorful corals hug the ocean floor, and aquatic animals glide among the mangrove roots. Welcome to the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, the second-largest coral reef in the world (Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is number one). Several years ago, this reef was in crisis, heading toward destruction. But the people of Belize fought back to save their reef’s health.

3 mins read
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids
January 2021

The Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is a 51-mile long canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

2 mins read
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids
January 2021

This is Central America!

It’s time to visit Central America. But first, it helps to know exactly where Central America is. Despite its name, it is the southernmost part of North America, which can seem a little confusing. It makes up most of the isthmus dividing the Pacific Ocean from the Caribbean Sea. An isthmus is a narrow strip of land that connects two larger landmasses and has water on both sides.

4 mins read
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids
January 2021
RELATED STORIES

RUN OVER BY A SPEED BOAT

A gruesome accident nearly killed CARTER VISS. Healing from his injuries would be tough; forgiving the boat’s driver, even tougher.

10 mins read
Reader's Digest US
October 2021

B&B: RIDGE AND JUSTIN BUST QUINN

LATE-BREAKING NEWS

2 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
October 04, 2021

bold and beautiful

TEXT TROUBLE Finn is conflicted about returning Sheila’s text. He wants to tell Steffy about it but hesitates, since she’s seeking a restraining order against his birth mother. Ultimately, he decides to respond.

3 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
August 30, 2021

B&B: CARTER CAN'T QUIT QUINN

Though they’re supposed to be keeping their distance, Carter and Quinn can’t keep their hands off each other, and the guilt is getting the best of Carter. “They just feel safe with each other,” explains Lawrence SaintVictor (Carter). “No matter how much they try to deny each other — and they do try — they just can’t stop. Whatever this is, it is not going to just disappear, and they don’t know how to shake it. It’s impacting their personal lives, and their relationships with their family and friends. They just can’t put a stop to these feelings.”

1 min read
Soap Opera Digest
August 02, 2021

B&B: CARTER AND QUINN RECONNECT

Carter struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of the reveal about him and Quinn. “The heartbreak here is unbearable,” sighs Lawrence Saint-Victor (Carter). “But, there’s also a weird sense of relief, like, ‘It’s finally over.’ The excruciating guilt of trying to hide something and not being able to keep eye contact when you’re in the same room, it was terrible, and at least that part is over.”

2 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
July 26, 2021

Thumbs up! and down!

Best Of Show Or Worse For Wear? Digest Decides.

5 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
July 12, 2021

Understanding Aviation Sectional Charts

Signs and symbols every remote pilot needs to know

10 mins read
RotorDrone
August/ September 2021

bold and beautiful

BUSTED!

3 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
July 19, 2021

bold and beautiful

THE TROUBLE WITH ERIC Brooke and Ridge are there for Eric as he speaks about his troubles with Quinn. Eric expresses remorse that he has shut Quinn off from the emotional and physical intimacy they used to have. Brooke stresses to Eric that he deserves true happiness. Eric admits that he is not yet willing to give up on Quinn despite everything that has happened, and wants to give Quinn another chance to earn his trust. Ridge encourages Eric to try to rebuild his marriage.

3 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
May 24, 2021

bold and beautiful

WHAT WILL HAPPEN

3 mins read
Soap Opera Digest
May 17, 2021