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Habitat Youth BUILD 2014 gets underway, shining a light on poverty housing in the Asia-Pacific region

This week Habitat for Humanity launched its Habitat Youth BUILD 2014 campaign, galvanising Asia’s youth to fight poverty housing in the Asia-Pacific region. Now in its third year, the initiative expects to attract more than 15,000 young builders and 100,000 online supporters.

Awareness and fundraising activities will take place across Asia-Pacific over the next three months, building to a mass-participation one-day build in multiple countries on 3 May.

“Youth across Asia see poverty housing all around them and want to address the obvious growing inequality. By using their social networks to raise awareness and funds, or by physically building homes, young people are taking action to make a difference to the lives of low-income families in the region. Each year Habitat Youth BUILD gathers increasing momentum,” said Rick Hathaway, Habitat for Humanity vice president for Asia-Pacific.

The campaign kicks off with a T-shirt design competition, with an iPad Air up for grabs as the top prize. Chosen by popular online vote, the selected design will be worn by thousands of volunteers building homes on 3 May.

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