Conghua, Guangzhou, 21 April 2017 – Habitat for Humanity’s youth-focused campaign “Habitat Young Leaders Build” will mobilize over 100 supporters across China to donate their time, effort and voices to advance the cause of decent housing.
Although Guangdong is one of the most rapidly developing provinces in China, it is also an area that has visible polarization of the rich and poor. According to government statistics, more than 7 million people or 1.5 million families in Guangdong province are living in crude and dangerous houses.
San Cun village is one of the most remote villages located in the northern mountainous area of Conghua, which is about 2 hours drive from Guangzhou city. April 21-23, supporters will assist 2 families build safe and decent homes while supporting the whole village by improving community facilities like water and sanitation systems.
“The lack of decent shelter and basic community infrastructure such as functioning toilets manifest the degree of poverty in the region. More than 800,000 people in the Asia-Pacific region live without decent shelters. Socially aware youth who are today’s leaders are contributing to housing solutions and influencing others,” said Rick Hathaway, Asia-Pacific Vice President for Habitat for Humanity International.
Habitat will invest in the young people of Asia and the Pacific by nurturing the leadership skills of 4000 youth by 2020 through a new Habitat for Humanity Young Leaders Build Leadership Development Program.
Young Leaders Build’s four pillars of youth engagement – advocacy, fundraising, awareness-raising and volunteering – has each attracted the support and commitment of collaborating partners at various points in the five-month campaign. Among these partners are Owens Corning, DOW Chemical, Bloomberg and Habitat ambassador Wilfred Lau who helped particularly in implementing awareness and leadership activities to engage the youth in China.
Since the launch of Habitat Young Leaders Build 2017 last December, 18 national organizations across Asia-Pacific and their volunteers have organized house construction and repair, community clean-ups, school repair, fundraising as well as held awareness raising activities, training on hygiene and proper sanitation and advocating for decent housing on social media.
Join the Habitat Young Leaders Build by posting on social media with the hashtag #HabitatYLB. Follow on Instagram @HabitatYLB.