As the weather becomes cooler and 2019 draws closer, we all want to have a clean and safe home to start the new year. However, for our Hong Kong senior citizens, it is not always an easy task and is often too physically challenging for them to carry out alone.
Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong is organizing ‘Young Leaders Volunteer Day’ on December 01, 2018 to provide elderly residents with a clean-up service, also for a primary school. We are honoured to be partnering Ho Sang Neighbourhood Elderly Centre of Hong Kong Society for the Aged to organize this event and expect more than 100 youth volunteers to join and clean the homes of elderly residents in Kai Yip Estate, Kowloon Bay. Come and Join us to let the elderly residents enjoy a clean home over the new year!
Date: Saturday 1 December 2018 (Sat)
Time: 9am – 1pm
Activities: Opening ceremony, followed by cleaning the homes of 50 elderly families in Kai Yip Estate
Volunteer Work: Basic cleaning up includes sweeping floors, cleaning furniture, throwing away rubbish, etc for Kai Yip Estate elderly families or provide a clean-up to Buddhist Chi King Primary School.
Target Volunteers: More than 100 volunteers, aged 15 or above
Donation amount: Minimum $100/ per person (for cleaning supplies and insurance, exceeds would go to support Habitat’s ongoing projects)
Deadline : 23 November 2018 (Fri)
According to Kwun Tong District Council, the site of Kai Yip Estate was the basement of the Royal Air Force, and the land was obtained from land reclamation from Kowloon Bay. Kai Yip Estate was established in 1981 and houses many elderly residents who need care and support. For the estate name, “Kai” refers to Kai Tak and means ‘to have something new’, “Yip” means “prospect”. The estate name inspires and implies a bright future for the residents.
Now in its eighth consecutive year, Habitat Young Leaders Build (HYLB) invites young people across the Asia-Pacific region to support families in need of decent homes, rallying against housing issues by volunteering, fundraising and speaking out. From December 2018 to April 2019, advocacy, awareness and fund-raising activities will be taking place in 17 countries and regions in Asia-Pacific, including Australia, Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
In its past seven campaigns, the HYLB has mobilized over 12.4 million supporters, who have served close to 29,000 families. This year’s campaign will begin in Hong Kong on International Volunteers Day on December 01, 2018 with volunteers cleaning homes for low-income families living in public housing estates. In early 2019, we will recruit more than 100 volunteers to build homes in overseas countries, to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.