In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019 on 8 March, the global nonprofit housing organisation Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong, launched ‘Women Build’. The month-long programme serves to empower women in Hong Kong by renovating their living spaces, to provide strength and stability through shelter. Habitat is partnering with Mother’s Choice and PathFinders, to help improve the living conditions of vulnerable women in all stages of life, by renovating the homes of elderly women, migrant mothers and their babies and pregnant teenagers. Throughout March, more than 140 volunteers will support these meaningful renovation projects. Women Build 2019 was launched on 2 March by Ms Emily Lam Ho, Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong Ambassador. To celebrate her new post as Ambassador and the launch of Women Build, Ms Lam worked alongside friends and relatives to remove flaking and peeling paint, prime and re-paint walls and ceilings at the Mother’s Choice hostel for vulnerable pregnant teenagers.
“A home can lift a family out of poverty and it gives children and mothers a safe roof over their heads. This is the reason that Habitat for Humanity International started Women Build in 1991, in support of projects that empower women around the world. This year, working alongside our local NGO partners, and with support from our sponsors and volunteers, we are helping to improve the living conditions and wellbeing of vulnerable women in Hong Kong. We are grateful to Ms Emily Lam Ho for joining Habitat as an Ambassador. Her support over the past years has been invaluable in helping us raise the profile of Habitat’s vital work.” said Jo Hayes, CEO of Habitat Hong Kong.
“We are delighted to partner with Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong on their Women Build campaign. The young girls that we support, are often at their most vulnerable and Mother’s Choice provides a loving and non-judgmental place for those with nowhere to turn to. We are proud to be joining hands with Habitat for Humanity to give hope and transform life stories of young women in Hong Kong.” said Alia Eyres, CEO, Mother’s Choice.
Catherine Gurtin, CEO of PathFinders said, “The partnership with Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong has provided our residents with a nicer place to live and, more importantly, the reassurance that people care. To know volunteers have come together to help renovate their homes, has truly touched their hearts. The smiles on the children’s faces, when they saw the finished work was so uplifting. We are grateful to all the volunteers who rolled up their sleeves and took part in Women Build to help improve the living spaces of migrant mums and their babies.”
Ms Emily Lam Ho, was happy to pull on her work gloves and get to work with her paint brush. She said, “I am a passionate advocate of Habitat Hong Kong’s work, which helps to build and improve the lives of people living in poverty. I was delighted to participate in Women Build again this year and do my bit to empower women living in Hong Kong. Habitat’s projects are vital and so meaningful and I’m honoured and proud to announce my Ambassador role.”
This year’s Women Build is generously supported by American Women’s Association, Baker McKenzie, Bloomberg, Brown Brothers Harriman, The Estée Lauder Companies, Asia-Pacific, JEB Group, Jones Lang LaSalle Limited (JLL), LexisNexis and Reckitt Benckiser and many individual sponsors.
Driven by the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live, Habitat engages stakeholders from business and the community to join together in spreading the message that decent, affordable housing opens the door to improved health, a stable growth environment for children, women empowerment, greater economic opportunities and increased community cohesion. Volunteer slots for Women Build are still available, and being allocated on a first come, first served basis. To learn more visit: habitat.org.hk/womenbuild.