The Young Leaders Builds 2017 ended accompany with the resounding applause on 23 April. From December 2016 to April 2017, activities including building, advocacy and fundraising activities have taken place in Hong Kong and 16 other countries across the Asia-Pacific region, drawing attention to the challenge of 1.6 billion people without adequate shelter in the world.
Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong gathered over 100 young volunteers to build homes for families in need of a decent home in Conghua, Guangzhou, Guangdong on 21 to 23 April this year. During the two-day build, volunteers demonstrated the spirit of Play, Lead and Share! They laid bricks, mixed cement, transported the brick and sand from place to place… their engagements showed the incredible energy and team spirit despite sweaty faces and aching limbs.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all participants. Their home and community building efforts brought smiles to the faces of the families they worked alongside in Conghua, Guangdong, raising hope and improving living conditions. With the continued support of such committed volunteers, we are able to erase poverty housing. See you all next year!
San Cun village is one of the most remote villages located in the northern mountainous area of Conghua, which is about two hours by bus from Guangzhou City of Guangdong province.
San Cun village consists of 11 sub-villages and has a population of 1,600 people. The villagers in San Cun work as rice, tangerine and plum framers. The weather is affecting the harvest. Their annual income comes from the sale of these crops which also fluctuate with the market. People work in nearby town as unskilled labour for supplemental income during the non-agricultural seasons.
While many San Cun villagers have lived in safe and durable houses in recent years, there are some families still living in primitive and aged houses made of mud walls and tiled roofs. These mud houses are narrow, dark, humid and without proper sanitation facility or a ventilation system. The mud walls and tile-roof have eroded over years and have cracks that leak when it rains. The wooden beams holding up the ceramic tile roof have been damaged by termites. Not only are these house uncomfortable and unhygienic, they are also vulnerable to the typhoons that regularly affect this area.
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