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500,000 people mobilised for Habitat for Humanity Youth BUILD 2015

Record 150,000 volunteers building on one day in Nepal on 21 March Marking the peak of the Habitat for Humanity Youth BUILD 2015 campaign tomorrow will be a record number of Habitat volunteers mobilised on a single day. About 150,000 volunteers will be building decent homes in more than 100 locations in Nepal on 21 March. The three-month campaign will have helped a record 10,000 low-income families secure decent homes with the mobilisation of 500,000 volunteers across the Asia-Pacific region. Now in its fourth year, the largest volunteer-driven movement in the Asia-Pacific region draws support from young people in 15 countries and one Special Administrative Region. Habitat Youth BUILD heightens awareness of the poverty housing situation in the Asia-Pacific region and inspires people to take action to tackle the growing problem. “Each year, Habitat Youth BUILD raises the bar by inspiring more supporters to get involved in raising awareness, funds and support for Habitat’s cause in exciting ways. This year is no exception. In Nepal alone, 150,000 people will work on multiple sites in one day to build decent homes and hope,” said Rick Hathaway, vice president for Asia-Pacific, Habitat for Humanity International. He added that the campaign will serve close to six times more families this year, compared to last year. For the first time, Habitat’s ‘Global Village’ international volunteer teams are supporting Habitat Youth BUILD. Over 770 volunteers from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore have travelled to Asian and Pacific countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Fiji to build homes for those in need. Celebrities are also vocal in their support. Indonesian singer-songwriter Vanessa Theodora Mbouw, known as vanessaTM, has composed and donated a song “Start the Fire” to encourage youth of the region to be the change they want to see. The music video featuring Habitat supporters can be viewed here (https://youtu.be/eAdG0uL5BdA). vanessaTM is a youth ambassador for Habitat for Humanity Indonesia.

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