As an international non-profit housing organization, Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong has launched “Young Leaders Volunteer Day” on 4th December to commemorate International Volunteer Day (5th December). Thanks to the sponsorship from J.P. Morgan and the support from The Salvation Army, we are pleased to have more than 130 students and youth volunteers to clean houses for 40 families. The event also kicked start our large-scale campaign for “Young Leaders Build” on 21st to 23rd April in 2017 to encourage more youngsters to build stable homes for families in need of a decent place to live with Habitat.
Household cleanliness has long-term effect on physical and mental health, however, it is difficult for the elderly to clean their homes on their own. On the eve of the International Volunteers Day, more than 50 students from Shatin Pui Ying College, Delia Memorial School (Glee Path), Buddhist Wong Wan Tin College and 53 volunteers from J.P. Morgan, together with individuals have provided house cleaning to 40 elderly families in Tai Wo Hau Estate & Kwai Chung Estate. Volunteers sweated and worked hard on cleaning kitchens and toilets in order to create senior citizens an adequate and safe home, where their health and mental wellness can be enhanced. Volunteers were all excited to interact with elderly to deliver love and care, and we were delighted to provide the elderly a happy Sunday, as well as a safe and decent home in the long run.
Heron Hollway, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat Hong Kong, urged the public giving their time and energy as a volunteer to ensure others have a decent place to live, in local neighbourhoods and communities across the world. “Housing conditions can be tough in Hong Kong, particularly for low-income elderly citizens. We address this need through Project Home Works to repair and renovate homes, and we are definitely looking for more volunteers to work hand in hand.”
We will continue to engage students, corporates and public to join together in spreading our mission of ‘everyone deserves a decent place to live’. On 21st to 23rd April 2017, we will have the largest youth building campaign ‘Young Leaders Build’ to build homes for low-income families in Guangdong, China. We are hoping to have more youth volunteers to take action to build shelters, so as to provide stability and strength to the families.