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Habitat for Humanity Philippines Kicks-Off World Habitat Day 2014 with Habitat Online Champions Build

“A world in which everyone has a decent place to live.”

That is the Habitat for Humanity dream.  Being an Online Habitat Champion, we are trying our best to raise this awareness, byte by byte, brick by brick, hand-in-hand.

Just this Saturday, October 4,2014 Habitat for Humanity Philippines Kicks-Off World Habitat Day 2014 with the Habitat Online Champions Build in Bistekville 1, Payatas, Quezon City.

 

Habitat Online Champions Build
Myke Soon, John Michael Bueno, Ruth dela Cruz, Mc Richard Paglicawan, Flow Galindez, Ria Hazel Lumandong, Cristelle Torres, Rey Belen, Earth Rullan, Krystel Pingol, Jeman Villanueva, Chuckie Dreyfus, Yen Dreyfus, Enzo Cruz, and Asley Roberto.  Glad to be with this bunch of fun and dynamic people! Proto by Habitat for Humanity Philippines.

It was such a humbling experience as we were given a chance to shape towns and cities of the future by participating in construction work for Habitats home partners, immerse and understand their way of living, help out in medcal missions, take part in a sports clinic, and bond with the children of the community. 

Orientation and Stretching exercises before we start building houses.
Orientation and Stretching exercises before we start building houses.
Welcome remarks and orientation of volunteers! Photo from Chuckie Dreyfus
Gloves, paint brush, hardhat.  Some gear we used for the build
Gloves, paint brush, hardhat. Some gear we used for the build
The houses we need to finish building looks like this. There are units tgat has rough cement finish already that needs to be painted.  These houses are all built by Habitat for Humanity volunteers. This is where your donation goes!
The houses we need to finish building looks like this. There are units that has rough cement finish already that needs to be painted. These houses are all built by Habitat for Humanity volunteers. This is where your donation goes!
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HABITAT online Champions Myke Soon, Yen Dreyfus, Chuckie Dreyfus,  Ruth dela Cruz, Earth Rullan, having fun while painting houses at Bistekville 1 in Payatas Quezon City for the 1st Habitat Online Champions Build.  As online champions we make use not just our blogs and social media accounts to help build homes and lives, we also give our time to do the ground work. Photo by Yen Dreyfus.
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#HabitatOnlineChampions we are online and social media addicts so yes we like to take selfies and groupies! Photo by Chuckie Dreyfus
#HhabitatOnlineChampions are social media addicts, in between breaks and stretches, we take groupies and selfies and post it on our social media accounts!
#HabitatOnlineChampions are social media addicts, in between breaks and stretches, we take groupies and selfies and post it on our social media accounts!
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Here is what we’ve accomplished from our first #HabitatOnlineChampionsBuild. The first of many more to come!
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Pretending to be a foreman. Lol!

 

After The residents of
After the build, we had Boodle Fest prepared by the residents of Bistekville! We had grilled milk fish (inihaw na bangus) and Adobong Manok! Yummeh!
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#HabitatOnlineChampions Boodle Fest Photo by Chuckie Dreyfus

 

The first Habitat Online Champions Build last Saturday is a kick-off event for the World Habitat Day celebration in the Philippines. Habitat for Humanity joins the United Nations alongside organizations around the world in raising awareness and consciousness on the importance of building decent homes, by educating and mobilizing individuals and communities to take action in the current global housing crisis by observing World Habitat Day. 

Cris Tiu, one of Habitat Celebrity Ambassador was also there to give basketball clinics and engage the children while we are building houses.
Cris Tiu, one of Habitat Celebrity Ambassador was also there to give basketball clinics and engage the children while we are building houses.

Celebrated every first Monday of October every year. World Habitat Day is a worldwide event that aims to make a call for new and innovative programs, policies and systems that would make our world a decent place to live for people of all walks of life – regardless of race or religion.

 

Worldwide Housing Crisis Facts:

  • l.6 billion people live in inadequate shelters around the world.
  • 1 million of them live in informal settlements
  • 1 in 5 people live in conditions that harm their health, safety, prosperity and opportunities.

Habitat for Humanity Philippines’ main day will be on October 11 this year by having simultaneous ” builds” across the nation. Habitat Philippines will be organizing 20 simultaneous builds in select towns nattonwide – Metro Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Zamboanga, Mindoro, Bohol. Cebu, and Leyte. 

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Through these series of events, Habitat for Humanity Philippines hopes to raise awareness that more than 4 million Filipino families still live in substandard housing, and that this figure does not even include the millions recently displaced by the Zamboanga conflict, the 2013 Boho earthquake, and the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan). 

World Habitat Day was established in 1985 by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 40/202, and was first celebrated in 1986. Each year, different yearly themes promote the various UN-Habitat focal areas such as: inclusive housing and social services; a safe and healthy living environment for all; safe and clean drinking water and sanitation; healthy air quality; job creation; improved urban planning and slum upgrading; and better waste management.

Some of the houses built by Habitat for Humanity volunteers at Bistekville1 in Payatas Quezon City occupied by Habitat's home partners.
Some of the houses built by Habitat for Humanity volunteers at Bistekville1 in Payatas Quezon City occupied by Habitat’s home partners.
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Having ownership to the houses built, Habitat’s home partners take care of their new homes. They take care of their surroundings and learn a decent way of living through livelihood programs taught by Habitat as well.  It was great to see how secured and confident they are now and that they can improve their way of life because they have a shelter of their own to come home to everyday.

Habitat for Humanity Philippines participates in this yearly international event to help provide access to adequate shelter to all, which is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty worldwide. 

Together we can bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Together we can transform lives.

If you want to help by donating or volunteering just leave a message below and I’ll get back to you right away.  You may also visit www.habitat.org.ph or Habitat Philippines on Facebook for activity updates.

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2 Comments

  1. Oo nga ano? Hala ! Edit!

  2. It was nice painting houses with you Earth! Bakit wala name ko sa caption?! Waaah… *Tampo Hahaha

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