The campaign targets to engage 1 million youth volunteers to repair and build homes, and take part in community development activities, as well as raise Php 200,00 and serve 10,000 Filipino families in need.
“There are many issues in the world. We can talk about poverty in general, but one very glaring issue is the problem of poverty housing and homelessness. In the Philippines alone, there are 4 million Filipino families who don’t have a house. It will increase to 6.5 million by the year 2030 if nothing drastic is done,” says Charlie Ayco, Managing Director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Philippines.
There is an urgent need for shelter that is safe and affordable across the Asia-Pacific region. The United Nations estimates that more than 500 million people in the Asia-Pacific live in slums, representing more than half of the world’s slum dwellers, and that globally 1.6 billion people live without adequate shelter. Habitat Young Leaders Build engages youth to show solidarity with Habitat’s cause - to draw attention to, and tackle, the issue of substandard housing.
As part of the 2016 campaign, an online contest has been launched today to solicit designs for the official flag for Habitat Young Leaders Build and determine the best design by popular vote. For more information, visit http://www.give2habitat.org/contest/HYLB16flagdesign.
The Young Leaders Build campaign will reach its peak on 2 April 2016, when hundreds of thousands of young people will take part in simultaneous house builds across Asia-Pacific, or will go online in support of the campaign. Awareness and fundraising activities will take place in 16 countries and one Special Administrative Region (SAR), namely Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
For more information Habitat Young Leaders Build online – http://www.give2habitat.org/campaign/hlyb16.