The United Nations established World Habitat Day in 1985 in recognition of the basic need for adequate shelter. This year World Habitat Day is October 1. About 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing around the world. If no serious action is taken, the number of slum dwellers worldwide will increase over the next 30 years to nearly 2 billion. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to call attention to this desperate need for adequate housing for everyone. By raising awareness and advocating for universal decent housing, we want to alter the systems that reinforce poverty housing and make a decent, affordable place to live a reality for all.
Habitat for Humanity’s theme for this year’s World Habit Day is “Many Homes, One Community” and is intended to highlight the vital role that affordable housing plays in community stabilization and development. Habitat for Humanity Vietnam is participating in community awareness-raising by launching its second annual photography contest on September 21 with photographers invited to submit images on this year’s theme of “Many Homes, One Community.” Participants will have until October 19 to enter. Check back here on September 21 for full contest details and information on how to enter.
Habitat for Humanity will also launch its annual Shelter Report, focusing on the role of the home in a neighborhood’s positive growth and development. This pivotal role of housing will culminate with Habitat’s flagship annual event, the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The 29th annual Carter Work Project returns to Haiti as part of its two-year effort to strengthen and support Habitat’s work there.
On the first Monday in October every year, Habitat for Humanity affiliates and national organizations raise their collective voice, taking action to change the systems, policies and attitudes that lead to poverty housing and engage partners and supporters in solutions. For more information please go to www.unhabitat.org and www.habitat.org and www.habitatvietnam.org.