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roject HOPE, headquartered at the historic Carter Hall estate on the outskirts of Millwood, has been in operation since 1958, when its founder, Dr. William B. Walsh, was moved by the poor health conditions in the South Pacific he saw up close and very personal as a medical officer on a Navy destroyer during World War II. That year, he persuaded President Dwight D. Eisenhower to donate a Navy hospital ship—the USS Consolation. The ship was transformed into the SS HOPE, a floating medical center that would bring health education and improved care to communities around the world. The SS HOPE was retired in 1974, mostly because the spare parts to keep it afloat no longer existed. But Project




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At the moment, Project HOPE also has five factories in Indonesia being supported by Merck, the drug manufacturer, affecting 10,000 women. Moore is in discussions with a Hong Kong firm to support health services for another two Indonesian factories and 7,000 more women. Eventually, she would like to move into Central America, another area that produces clothing for major brands in the U.S. and elsewhere. She’s also in talks with a major T-shirt manufacturer and representatives of the garment industry in Nicaragua. “We’re talking about thousands of women and maybe we can change the face of those countries,” she said. “We want women to be employed and educated, but we also want them to be healthy.” Dr. Howe, a cardiologist, has been delighted with how far the HealthWorks program has progressed since the day Judith Moore dashed out of that London taxi. “She had an inspirational idea,” he said. “”We’re having a very different conversation now with so many larger organizations. She tells them ‘I want to learn your interests and what your goal is.’ The potential donor then becomes a partner in the creation of the program, which is a very different thing than coming in there as a supplicant. “And she’s clearly demonstrating that by training and educating women on their health and their kids’ health, good things will happen,” Howe said. n


HOPE kept sailing on, to the point where it is currently working in 35 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the U.S. Now land-based at Carter Hall since 1977, with employees and volunteers all over the world, it still provides medical volunteers to support the Navy in humanitarian missions for two hospital ships, and has developed and instituted long-term solutions to pressing health problems around the globe. An organization that is 94 percent funded by the private sector has been headed the last 12 years by president and CEO Dr. John H. Howe III, a cardiologist who once served as a team physician for the Boston Red Sox. In fiscal year 2013, revenues totaled more than $290 million in cash contributions; donated medicines and medical supplies, volunteer support and grant awards. More than 92 percent of total expenses are directed toward health education, humanitarian assistance and health policy efforts. Carter Hall dates back to Robert “King” Carter once the largest landholder in Virginia. It was built and completed in 1707 by Carter’s great grandson Nathaniel Burwell. It also served as headquarters for Civil War General Stonewall Jackson in 1862. Once such distant cousin of Burwell

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was Gerard B. Lambert, Sr., who purchased Carter Hall in 1929 to “keep it in the family.” His father, Jordon Lambert, had developed the antiseptic mouthwash Listerine and no expense was spared in the renovations. In 1932, Lambert’s daughter, Rachel “Bunny” Lambert, married her first husband, Stacy Lloyd, Jr., and for the first few years of their marriage, the couple lived on the property. (She divorced Lloyd in 1946 and married Paul Mellon in May of 1948, and died recently at age 103.) Dr. Howe likes to say that when he first came to Project HOPE, locals kept telling him they didn’t know much about the organization, especially because the front gate to Carter Hall always was shut tight. Some wondered if it was a CIA front, he said. Others thought Project HOPE was a drug rehabilitation center. “We just decided to open up the gates,” Dr. Howe said. “It’s very important for us to have people around here come to know what we do. This is an ideal setting for us. The work ethic of the people in this region is remarkable. We have people from all over the area working here, and they are exceptionally committed and caring.” n —Leonard Shapiro