Canadian International School of Hong Kong
I have had the opportunity to join Habitat for Humanity on their China and Thailand build trips. Both of these build trips allowed me to meet new people with different backgrounds as I and enabled me to understand the hardships of building a home. Meeting the homeowners and hearing their stories made the definition of ‘home’ even more meaningful. I was able to better understand and appreciate the importance of having a home, understanding the comfort and stability that comes with having a safe place to go to at the end of the day.
I have also volunteered with Habitat locally, joining Project School Works and helping out during the Typhoon Mangkhut clean up. Meeting the children and painting their school was such a worthwhile opportunity, and it was heart-warming to see the smiles on the children’s faces when they saw us painting. Out of all the experiences I have had with Habitat, the Typhoon Mangkhut clean-up was the most emotional and memorable one for me. It was such an eye-opening experience to see, first-hand, the damage that a typhoon could do to a community. For me, a typhoon would be a mere inconvenience, but for some communities, it can dramatically change their life. I never got to see the true devastation that a typhoon can cause to our community, but to see how strongly it has impacted many individuals and families, to the point of destroying their home, made me more passionate about ensuring that everyone has a safe home to live in. From this, I have become dedicated to informing those around me of the issue of inadequate housing, specifically within our community and hoping to raise awareness on ways to help this issue.