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Asia's Youth Tackle Growing Inequality by Reducing Poverty Housing through Habitat for Humanity Youth BUILD 2014

More than 15,000 young people to build homes; 100,000 to raise awareness of substandard housing issues through social networks

Bangkok, 2/12 - Student volunteers in Chennai, India, taking part in Habitat Youth BUILD 2013
Bangkok, Feb 12, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - Habitat for Humanity today launched its Habitat Youth BUILD 2014 campaign, galvanizing Asia's youth to fight poverty housing in the Asia-Pacific region. Now in its third year, the initiative expects to attract more than 15,000 young builders and 100,000 online supporters.

Awareness and fundraising activities will take place across Asia-Pacific over the next three months, building to a mass-participation one-day build in multiple countries on 3 May.

"Youth across Asia see poverty housing all around them and want to address the obvious growing inequality. By using their social networks to raise awareness and funds, or by physically building homes, young people are taking action to make a difference to the lives of low-income families in the region. Each year Habitat Youth BUILD gathers increasing momentum," said Rick Hathaway, Habitat for Humanity vice president for Asia-Pacific.

The campaign kicks off with a T-shirt design competition, with an iPad Air up for grabs as the top prize. Chosen by popular online vote, the selected design will be worn by thousands of volunteers building homes on 3 May.

To find out more about Habitat Youth BUILD and the T-shirt design competition, visit www.habitatyouthbuild.org.

Youth in 11 countries - Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea and Thailand - will campaign on- and offline to garner support for the movement and raise vital funds to tackle poverty housing in the region.

Habitat Youth BUILD 2014 builds on last year's success that involved more than 100,000 volunteers in seven countries across 42 sites. The campaign supported more than 700 low-income families.

The winner of 2013's T-shirt competition was 19-year-old Cambodian student Lymei Sun. Lymei joined Habitat for Humanity Cambodia for their Youth BUILD event in Phnom Penh and saw her popular design worn by hundreds of volunteers. She went on to encourage her classmates to support Habitat's vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Join the Habitat Youth BUILD 2014 community on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/habitatyouthbuild.

Notes to Editors

To set up interviews, receive photography or further information, please contact Heron Holloway, +65 9068 1892, [email protected]

About Habitat Youth BUILD 2014

Habitat for Humanity Youth BUILD 2014 is a movement to raise awareness of the terrible poverty housing situation in the Asia-Pacific region and grow support for the vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. It calls for concerned young people to take action together to build homes and communities, on a Habitat build site and online through their social networks. www.habitatyouthbuild.org

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. Habitat has supported an estimated 1.5 million individuals in the Asia-Pacific region, where it has been active since 1983. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit http://habitat.org/asiapacific or follow us at http://www.facebook.com/habitat.

Source: Habitat for Humanity International

Heron Holloway
+65 9068 1892
[email protected]

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