Helping is more than just giving clothes, food or picking up the phone to make a pledge. Helping is about giving of yourself, your time and, yes, even your talent to make the lives of our less fortunate brothers and sisters easier and comfortable.
We Filipinos are known for our resiliency, our Bayanihan culture and even our Kapit-Bisig attitude. Apart from all the positive traits we Filipinos have, I believe that we, as a people, can do more if we just put our hearts and minds to it. And this is where Habitat for Humanity Philippines comes in!
Habitat for Humanity Philippines’ aim is to build communities and lives. Their desire is to build decent homes and give hope.
Habitat for Humanity Philippines provides access to adequate shelter for all, which is critical in breaking the cycle of poverty worldwide.
Today, 1.6 billion people live in inadequate shelters around the world. Approximately, 1 million of them live in informal settlements, and about 1 in 5 people live in conditions that harm their health, safety, prosperity and opportunities.
Having a decent house should not be considered a symbol of one’s stature. Shelter is a basic need, therefore, a house is every person’s right to have.
Every family deserves a decent house to live in that they can consider home. A place to raise a family and build dreams, to grow and nurture future generations – our children.
This is where the foundation of a child begins.
World Habitat Day 2014
Last October 4, 2014, and ahead of every other nation, Habitat for Humanity Philippines celebrated World Habitat Day 2014 with the 1st Habitat Online Champion Build event held at Bistekville 1, Payatas, Quezon City to kick it off.
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.
Several Habitat Online Champions including myself and my husband Chuckie, gathered at Bistekville 1 at 8AM.
Everyone was an eager beaver, ready with hard hats, gloves and painting materials!
This was where we, the Habitat Online Champions, were assigned to paint some houses.
Grouping ourselves into 3, Chuckie, me and Myke took the 1st unit on the 2nd floor.
You’d think painting a house is easy? It takes a whole lot more effort especially when you’re doing it for someone else and you want to make it perfect.
You want to make it beautiful for the people who will live in it.
Something inside you pushes you to do more because you want to give it your best…
Also because a home is where a family begins to truly build their lives.
Here we are having fun helping and beautifying the houses.
After a few hours, our labor of love was finally finished. Tada!
But building houses wasn’t the only event of the day. There was also a medical mission being conducted in a nearby area.
A basketball clinic headed by Habitat for Humanity Philippines Ambassador Chris Tiu was something kids and adults absolutely enjoyed. He even brought in coaches to teach the children as well.
After a very fulfilling day’s work, we ended with a heartwarming boodle feast together with some Bistek Ville home partners who prepared our delicious lunch.
Habitat for Humanity Philippines’ main day will be on October 11 this year wherein they will be conducting 20 simultaneous “builds” in select towns like Metro Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Zamboanga, Mindoro, Bohol, Cebu, and Leyte.
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 Bohol earthquake, and the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).
Celebrating World Habitat Day 2014 by helping out and painting homes at Bistekville was truly a day well spent. Immersing ourselves and getting to know the home partners and the community as a whole was an incredible experience. Thank you, Habitat for Humanity Philippines for this opportunity.
Allow me to take this chance to encourage everyone to help in building the lives of our fellow Filipino families. And with that, I would like to invite you to try Chuckie’s All Chucked Up burger at Burger Company. 10% of sales will go directly to Habitat For Humanity Philippines. If you want to know more about this, you may click here.
World Habitat Day is a special opportunity for Habitat for Humanity to call on individuals and organizations to help us address poverty housing. On World Habitat Day, we hope you will join us by taking the following actions:
• Make a donation to http://www.give2habitat.org/philippines/whd2014 by clicking donate
• Visit http://www.habitat.org.ph/get-involved to get involved
• Share your commitment on your social media network, and invite your followers and friends to find out more about Habitat and World Habitat Day. With your help, we can improve lives and communities — at home and around the globe.
You can also visit our #WorldHabitatDay’s booth at Alabang Town Center (ground floor near National Book Store) from October 3-10, 2014.