Global charity Habitat for Humanity is preparing for an international construction extravaganza next week when it will launch a one-day Youth BUILD across sixteen sites in China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. The event will encourage young people to donate their time and services to displaced people, constructing much-needed homes and sanitation units as part of a worldwide initiative.
The Habitat Youth BUILD campaign raises funds and awareness of the housing crisis in the Asia-Pacific region. With the backing of celebrities such as Jet Li and Omi Vaidya, the organisation raises fund to provide much needed shelter and support for those living in poverty as a result of natural disasters.
On 12 May 2012, construction will begin at sixteen locations in the Asia-Pacific region. In the Philippines, 2,000 volunteers will build 200 homes in Barangay Tanza in Navotas City for those affected by Typhoon Pedring and the displaced people of Calaanan in Cagayan de Oro City who lost their homes to Typhoon Sendong. At the moment there are hundreds of people in these areas sheltering in evacuation centres and Habitat for Humanity is striving to provide permanent sanitary living conditions as part of their latest initiative.
With support from the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan, Habitat for Humanity is looking for 500 volunteers to aid their cause on 12 May at sites in Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Chennai. In Sentul, Jakarta, 1,500 generous workers will construct 150 homes for local residents, fulfilling the basic needs of proper sanitation, electricity, shelter and running water. Construction will also take place in Shuiweidong in the Conghua district of Guangdong, China. The humble farming village is formed of mud huts which are shared by both people and livestock and offer little ventilation. Vulnerable to flooding from unpredictable weather conditions, these mud huts are in desperate need of replacement.
The United Nations estimates that over 500 million people live in poverty in the Asia-Pacific region and Habitat for Humanity is looking to combat this with the help and support of generous donations and volunteers. If you would like to get involved with this very worthy cause, click here to find out more.