HABITAT’S LARGEST YOUTH MOVEMENT IS NOW ON BOARD!
Habitat for Humanity Vietnam, together with other Habitat for Humanity in Asia Pacific, launched Habitat Young Leaders Build 2019 on the occasion of International Volunteer Day.
Habitat Young Leaders Build (HYLB) is a movement that engages young people to take action together to build homes and communities, speak out for decent shelter, raise funds and awareness of the poverty housing situation. Young Leaders aged from 11 joining this campaign are able to capture knowledge of housing development and take the lead in building homes and communities alongside motivate their peers to take the solving action. When getting involved in HYLB, students have time diverging themselves with other students in the Asia Pacific where Habitat offices are situated. It is the echoes resonated by Young Leaders around the Asia Pacific to building strength, stability, and self-reliance through Habitat’s affordable housing systems.
Within seven-year initiatives, the campaign #HabitatYLB has mobilized over 12.4 million supporters, who served close to 29,000 families, raised US$6.5 million in funds to help build houses across Asia-Pacific. Youth considered as an innovative pioneering force which enriches the communities through their motivation and out-of-the-box mindset. Every youth can play a part, lead the way and share in the work of realizing a world where everyone has a decent place to live. In 2018 campaign only, Habitat has worked with 4.3 million supporters to volunteer, raise funds, speak out and raise awareness in support of decent housing. Regarding HYLB within Habitat Vietnam, in particular, Young Leaders in 8 international schools have funded 8 families’ decent houses to help them settle down and reach their dreams. Thanks to their willing support, Habitat Vietnam had a chance to widespread to communities of youth about the importance of homes towards families within clubs and schools. Every occasion coming to the build site is another great opportunity to gain experience and save good deeds to those in need of help. Raising funds, volunteering, advocating and raising awareness toencourage kids to be more proactive on social work, help them get out of their comfort zone, and provide better insights into the society they are living. Nguyen Thu Trang – a member of Rainbow Youth Club – said: “We joined #openthedoor campaign within two months not only with the hope that we can together build a house with the family in need, but also tried to push ourselves, each Rainbow Youth Club member, to the limits to meet fundraising target. We thought we couldn’t make it but now seeing our donation which is enough to build a house for Son’s family, it was like a miracle made by! Now we are at the build site and put bricks by bricks by our own hands from our own fund together with the family in Hoa Binh, we feel happy. It is such a good experience”.
Nguyen Thu Trang – a member of Rainbow Youth Club
One of Trang’s team member, Le Van Dat shared: “For me, when joining this Habitat Young Leaders Build season, I felt that I did not waste my youth doing silly things, but rather such precious time to live and experience. From my point, whether failed or succeeded in fundraising for the project, I would never regret what I and my friends did to help disadvantaged family because we did put a lot of efforts on it. Nothing more than a victory when we reached the fundraising target and directly hold the brick to build the house right now. This is one of the most rewarding experience I have ever had in my life. I feel that my youth time is more colorful when participating with #openthedoor campaign to empower families in need to have a decent life”.
Le Van Dat (on the left) – a member of Rainbow Youth Club in the old house
What’s new on HYLB 2019 in Vietnam?
This year launch, Habitat for Humanity Vietnam expands the scope of participation for youth who are willing to get their hands dirty in favor of building houses and raising awareness among local communities in which lack of access to affordable housing as well as better sanitation.
Habitat for Humanity Vietnam proposed schools the following options:
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Join us as we PLAY LEAD SHARE for a world where everyone has a decent place to live.