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Habitat for Humanity Youth BUILD 2014 to Break Records



More than 500,000 young people to take part in 3 May events

Bangkok, May 2, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - More than 500,000 people will take part in Habitat Youth BUILD activities tomorrow. The campaign, driven by young people in 11 countries, raises awareness of the poverty housing situation in the Asia-Pacific region and inspires people to take action to tackle the growing problem.

"Habitat Youth BUILD 2014 is set to break all previous records, with more than half a million people engaged in activities on 3 May. This is in addition to the 10,000 young people that have supported the campaign already this year," said Rick Hathaway, Habitat for Humanity vice president for Asia-Pacific.

On 3 May 2014, thousands of young people are expected to march to major squares in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur in Nepal, for a rally to draw attention to the poverty housing situation in the country.

In Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Malaysia and the Philippines, thousands of volunteers will be building homes, painting, and improving shared community spaces.

A flash mob in Jakarta, Indonesia, forms part of an awareness-raising event involving hundreds more volunteers.

In Japan, student volunteers will take part in street fundraising, raising vital funds to build safe, decent homes for low-income families.

China, Thailand and Korea will mark the day online, galvanizing the support of volunteers to raise awareness across social networks.

"Young people across Asia are determined to create change in the region. A decent home helps break the poverty cycle, leading to better health, and improved education and employment opportunities," continued Hathaway.

Youth in 11 countries - Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea and Thailand - have been campaigning on- and offline to garner support for the Habitat Youth BUILD movement since February 2014. Build experiences, awareness and fundraising activities have been taking place across the Asia-Pacific region, culminating in mass-participation events at numerous sites, across multiple countries, on 3 May.

Now in its third year, Habitat Youth BUILD 2014 builds on last year's success that involved more than 100,000 volunteers in seven countries across 42 sites. The campaign supported more than 700 low-income families.

To find out more about Habitat Youth BUILD, visit habitatyouthbuild.org.

Join the Habitat Youth BUILD 2014 community on Facebook - facebook.com/groups/habitatyouthbuild.

About Habitat Youth BUILD 2014

Habitat for Humanity Youth BUILD 2014 is a movement to raise awareness of the terrible 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. www.habitatyouthbuild.org

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. Habitat has supported an estimated 1.5 million individuals in the Asia-Pacific region, where it has been active since 1983. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org/asiapacific or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/habitat.

Source: Habitat for Humanity International

Contact:
Heron Holloway
+65 9068 1892
[email protected]

Michele Soh
+65 9233 1544
[email protected]




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