For the first three months of the New Year, hundreds of thousands of young people are expected to build together on multiple Habitat Youth BUILD sites across Asia-Pacific and online, volunteering, fundraising and speaking out up so that more families can live in affordable homes.
The fourth Habitat for Humanity Youth BUILD movement kicked off on International Volunteer Day on Dec 5 and will culminate on 21 March 2015. Young people from 16 countries in Asia and the Pacific are being invited to take action for better housing for all. Joining Asia-Pacific youth for the first time will be participants from Latin-America and the Caribbean region..
In the lead up to the launch of Habitat Youth BUILD 2015, Habitat supporters were invited to submit a bandana design or vote online to select the best design. Youth can volunteer for special builds and other activities in malls, schools and public spaces in the lead up to and on 21 March 2015.
They can be part of the HYB Facebook group. They are encouraged to share photos, videos and facts about poverty housing with their network of friends on social media, all to play a part in creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Visit habitatyouthbuild.org for more information.
Step 1 : Select a country
Tell us which country you'd like to support by selecting one of the countries below.
Step 2 : Act now!
Tell us how you'd like to help by selecting from four options:
Register as a volunteer to work at a build event.
Set up a fundraising page to rally support and donations from your friends and family.
Every dollar counts - donate to your friend's fundraising page.
Help spread the word in your social networks to raise awareness that having a simple, affordable home is a basic human right.
What is Habitat for Humanity Youth BUILD?
Habitat for Humanity Youth BUILD 2015 is a movement to raise awareness of the poverty housing situation in the Asia-Pacific region and grow support for the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. It calls for concerned young people to take action together to build homes and communities, on a Habitat build site and online through their social networks.
Why is Habitat for Humanity organizing Habitat Youth BUILD?
Habitat Youth BUILD gives young people in the Asia-Pacific region an avenue to say no to substandard housing. Habitat for Humanity hopes to expand its supporter base of young people in the Asia-Pacific region through physical and virtual activities.
This year, 13 countries will be engaging young Habitat supporters in our movement to raise awareness and funds to fight poverty housing in the Asia-Pacific region. Habitat Youth BUILD 2015 calls young people to play a part, to take action, and to share their commitment for the campaign.
Who should participate in Habitat Youth BUILD?
Habitat for Humanity is looking for energetic, passionate young people who share the vision of creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live. These are young people who will reach out to their network of family and friends in support of Habitat’s vision – a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Young people, celebrities and corporate volunteers can all play a role in Habitat Youth BUILD, whether by volunteering to build or fundraising or showing support online.
Why should I participate in Habitat Youth BUILD?
The need for shelter that is safe and affordable is very real in the Asia-Pacific region. The United Nations estimates more than 500 million people in the Asia- Pacific region live in slums, representing more than half of the world’s slum dwellers. Habitat Youth BUILD is your opportunity to show solidarity with Habitat’s cause, say no to inadequate housing, and have a tangible impact on the world.
How can I get involved in Habitat Youth BUILD?
There are several ways to get involved in Habitat Youth BUILD: - Become a volunteer and build Donate your time and register to volunteer at one of the simultaneous builds taking place on 3 May 2014. Invite your family and friends to support you by raising funds in the lead-up to the event.
- Support by raising funds
You can create a fundraising page in support of Habitat Youth BUILD. Click here to check out some creative ways you can help Habitat raise the funds to make Habitat Youth BUILD a success, even if you are unable to join as on a build site. You can also raise funds offline - click here to find out more.
- Make a donation to someone you know If you know someone with a fundraising page, enter their name in the search box to find their page, or ask them for their fundraising page URL. Alternatively, you can browse supporters on our project pages.
- Show your solidarity online Show your support online by sharing Habitat Youth BUILD information and news via your social networks like Facebook and Twitter. 'Like' the Habitat Youth BUILD Facebook group. Follow twitter updates with #HabitatYouthBuild. Donate and fundraise on Give2Habitat.org. Help us rally support by spreading the word and generating awareness for Habitat Youth BUILD.
Who is paying for Habitat Youth BUILD?
Habitat for Humanity relies on the financial support of corporate sponsors and our online peer-to-peer fundraising initiative – Give2Habitat.org – to make Habitat Youth BUILD a success. Individuals and groups can participate in peer-to-peer fundraising by setting up a support page at Give2Habitat.org.
Who is supporting Habitat Youth BUILD?
Young volunteers in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines. Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as several regional and local celebrities and high-profile personalities.