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  1. This engagement campaign is open to all young empowered leaders aged 15 to 30 years old.
  2. Share your story by answering the question: What can the youth do in times of crisis?
  3. Be as creative as you want. This can be in the form of a written post/blog, photo essay, artwork, comics, short video or vlog entry, song, poem, or even a TikTok dance!
  4. Post or share your creative stories on your timeline/newsfeed in the ff. platforms: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Participants should follow Habitat Philippines’ social media accounts and entries should be made public.
  5. Tag Habitat Philippines’ social media accounts on your post: Facebook: @habitatphilippines | Instagram: @habitatphils | Twitter: @habitatphils
  6. Use the hashtags #HabitatYLB and #YouthLegacyBuilder in your captions.
  7. Deadline of entries will be on April 14, 2020.
  8. Selected entries will be reposted and featured on Habitat Philippines’ social media accounts from April 16 to 25, 2020.
  9. Selected participants will be officially recognized with a Habitat #LegacyBuilder certificate.

Empowering Saranggani community leaders, youth towards disaster-resilience

The Habitat Young Leaders Build is a testament to the old saying “no man is an island” as cooperation and camaraderie are instilled while making programs for our adopted communities. However, this entails a fresher perspective on the term teamwork because not only do we provide sustainable solutions to the issues they are dealing with, but we also let them become a collaborator by encouraging them to come up with their own innovative ideas.

In a disaster-prone country like the Philippines, disaster resilience is a critical value that the Filipino youth need to embrace and delve into. That’s why young advocacy mover John Oliver Tablazon prepared a program focused on this value for the people of Sarangani Province.

John’s team, together with five local authorities, conducted a forum on disaster risk reduction management for an approximately 150 citizens, around 100 of which were from the youth sector. The training aimed to capacitate the youth with DRRM knowledge and skills so they could smoothly coordinate with LGU partners and mobilize their fellow youth to lead Emergency Action Plans within their communities.

John’s team believed that the young people now are the realizations of yesterday’s dream. After being trained, the youth now have an essential role to play in planning and executing actions to prevent and mitigate risks and disasters. They also motivated the participants to come up with appropriate policies and an upright system that would eagerly involve the whole community, despite the diversity. This inclusivity could lead to a disaster-resilient community with knowledgeable and reliable volunteers.

The village officials recognized the efforts of the youth and offered them guidance and resources to make their action and development plans possible. The participants also elected their chapter youth organization officials. The training had been instrumental in providing avenues for emerging youth leaders to implement their proposed program and activities.

Habitat’s Blue Chapter initiates a fire prevention project in Bistekville 4

In a time of climate change, unexpected calamities and disasters remain prevalent. And Nicole Carmen Dueñas, Vice President for Advocacy of the Habitat for Humanity Blue Chapter, knew that risk mitigation would come from prevention and preparation.

As long-time volunteers in Bistekville 4 community in Quezon City, the Ateneo Blue Chapter laid the foundation of many houses in the community, giving them the opportunity to interact with the partner families. Their commitment was more than just building roofs and walls. When the opportunity arose to further support these families, the Blue Chapter used the Advocacy Grant awarded by Habitat International to sit down with the community leaders and help them develop a plan that can reduce its vulnerability to risks and hazards such as fire destruction.

Through historical assessment, the Blue Chapter, led by Dueñas, learned that the community suffered from the effects of a large fire breakout years ago. To prevent this same from happening again, the group, with the help of the community leaders, gathered stakeholders from the local government unit, Bureau of Fire Protection, and the local youth group ALAB to devise a fire prevention project that would best support Bistek 4.

A group of 50 homeowners completed an intensive seminar on fire safety, including a fire drill and demonstration. The community also received 16 fire extinguishers, eight sets of fire prevention informational posters, and 8 first aid distributed to each row of homes.

8 University Student Volunteer Teams from Japan supported the Silay Socialized Housing Project

This first batch of Global Village teams assigned to work at the project site from 3-8 September 2018, a group of 18 Japanese volunteers, worked on the installation of fence, installation and tying of the rib lath, and painted the interior walls of the living-dining areas of the model units using accent walls design.

GV Team Uegahara, WHABITAT, LUZ, Ohana, TOMSAWYER, Wiz Habitat, Shanti Shanti, and Kobe Gaidai are composed of campus chapter volunteers from Japan through the GV program have contributed their time and labor to support the construction of the Maritess Alava Yong Village – Katuwang Community in Silay.

Champodonamu Hospital workers donated five homes in Bistekville Project

Champodonamu Hospital through Habitat for Humanity Korea partnered with Habitat for Humanity Philippines in assisting five vulnerable informal settler families in Bistekville 4 to have permanent homes. The Bistekville community is a public-private partnership (PPP) with the local government of Quezon City, PAG-IBIG, Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), and Habitat Philippines and its corporate donors.  The project provides decent and affordable housing to informal settler families living along the river banks and under the bridges in Quezon City.

Thirty-two hospital workers with their families came all the way from Korea to build homes in Bistekville 4.  The team, headed by the hospital director, Dr. James Wu, worked tirelessly side -by-side with the community for three days. They laid bricks, hauled sand, construction materials and debris.

Together with the home partners and hospital volunteers, Dr. Wu and his team built homes and spent a good time with the whole community to celebrate the partnership.

One of Champodonamu Hospital’s partner families is the Camay Family, Ramon (61) and Marina (52) Camay and their children have been living in Barangay Culiat for 23 years. Though their old house is partly made of concrete hollow blocks, the walls were unfinished, the roof is very low with no ceiling, so it can get very hot during the summer. As an informal settler all their lives, they never expected to finally own their own safe and decent home in the city. The Camay family is very grateful to Champodonamu Hospital for blessing them with a concrete house that offers safety and security.

The Home Owners Association represented by their leader, Jess Maglente, received the house markers recognizing the hospital as a major contributor of the Bistekville project.

Boy Scouts of America Troop 202 from Taiwan building homes in Katuwang Community

Members of BSA Troop 202 worked alongside their sisters, and parents at Phase 2 where the on-going construction of  46housing units. On-site tasks included the following: bamboo panel fabrication, j-bolt fabrication, rib lath installation, mortar filling, concrete casting, painting metal (nuts, washers, rod, and flat bars), bagging sand & gravel, backfilling, clearing, and sand screening.

“Visiting the homeowners was my favorite experience because it gave me a profound understanding why I came to volunteer. I saw people in desperate need. And my (our) efforts could really create a change for them. That’s wonderful!” – Thomas Cheng GV Team Leader

The scouts met one of the homeowners at Phase 1 Ate (elder sister) Emelyn Almaden. She lost her arm in an accident with an electric outlet last 2013.

She washes clothes for a living while her husband works in a market place to support their daily needs and children’s education. The family was forced to move out of their informal settlement because they lived in a waterway near the local dam. After moving from one house to another, they finally have a permanent place in Katuwang Community that they can call a home.

Students from Dhahran High School Saudi Arabia built homes in Silay

Maricel Incion David (in blue jacket) works as a school administrator in Dhahran High School. She was skeptical to join the trip in the beginning, especially, when her co-leader Mike Sallings (in yellow shirt), promised a life changing experience to the parents of the participants.

“Yes, it was destiny, they offered it to me two weeks before the trip. I can’t say no, even though I have three kids that I will leave here in KSA for a week, it is very embarrassing to say no in serving my fellow Filipinos. Our students were so eager to know the hearts of  Filipinos, they showed this during the community interaction, which was held last February 5,” shares Maricel.

“We broke out into four smaller groups and our group was assigned to Tatay Tiopilos’s family. I was also an interpreter during this interaction. Some members cried upon learning the amount of Tatay’s income. Realizing that it is not even 1% of their parents’ salary,” she adds.

Maricel further expressed, “I saw the efforts of 17 foreigners shoveling, raking, and working on the rebars. It was drizzling during the first day of the build but until the last day, the volunteers never fail to show consistency and energy at work. Who am I not to give my effort, if these people set no limits in serving?”

“Certainly, this trip has touched and moved us.  Every time I see them now on our campus, I can see the smile of positivity; I have faith that the 18 people on the trip will leave a mark of service.  Mike was right, I was wrong about doubting these children. Truly love grows when people serve,” ends Maricel.