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Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village

20 May

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Global Village is Habitat for Humanity’s principal overseas volunteer program. Global Village offers volunteers the opportunity to take part in the “hands-on” construction or renovation of houses in some 40 countries around the world. Volunteers are able to participate by building or repairing houses for those whose homes have been affected by natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. Not only does Habitat for Humanity want to build a safe and secure shelter, but more so to build a home and build hope in their lives. They want to empower beneficiary families to mutually help one another.

Teams of 8 to 20 volunteers will travel to their chosen host country to experience what it is like to live with minimal resources, understand their needs and become part of their host’s community. Global Village trips typically last five days to two weeks. Through the Global Village trip, volunteers are able to build a strong bond with their team and build lasting friendships with fellow team members as well as Habitat homeowner families.

habitat for humanity 1Global Village Destinations
Bangladesh
Cambodia
China
Fiji
India
Indonesia
Malaysia
Nepal
New Zealand
The Philippines
Sri Lanka
Thailand
Vietnam
And many more…

Why Volunteer?
Volunteers are at the heart of Habitat for Humanity‘s vision. Every year, volunteers from across Hong Kong travel to support their partner programs around the world. They have the joy of touching the lives of families in need and grow from the experience themselves. Volunteers will:
BUILD Homes
BUILD Hope
RAISE funds to serve many around the globe
INSPIRE others to support our work

The needs of every community where they work are different, but the impacts of a safe, decent home are always the same. It is a foundation for families to break the cycle of poverty and bring about improvements in health, education and livelihoods.

i. Who can join?
Anyone can join to help make a difference! Participants need to be in good health and be over 15 years of age at the time of the Global Village build.

ii. What Skills Do I Need?
No building experience is required. Habitat provides on-the-ground training and everything that is needed for a safe and rewarding experience. All you need is a reasonable level of fitness, an open mind, a willingness to get your hands dirty. You will be working alongside local construction workers who will teach you the ropes and supervise the build.

iii. What kind of things will I do on a build?
Every trip is different. Your team may work on one or several houses or you may even build a toilet or well. The work will use local construction techniques. You could be mixing concrete, weaving bamboo, digging foundations, laying bricks, hammering, rendering or painting. There is something for everyone to contribute!

iv. How long does a build last?
Builds typically run for one week, from Saturday to Saturday and includes time for rest, relaxation and exploring the country.

v. Where will I stay?
Where you will stay will vary depending on your destination. It may be in a modest hotel or hostel. The team will stay together and often be accommodated on a twin share basis. The Habitat team will provide daily travel to the build site.

vi. Where are builds located?
Build sites are often semi-rural or rural locations and off the tourist track, often in a village community.

vii. What insurance do Global Village participants have?
Global Village participants are covered by Habitat for Humanity International Global Village’s travel medical insurance providedby ACE Insurance (premium already included in trip cost). It is a policy specially designed for Habitat’s Global Village where claimants derived from activities listed on the itinerary will be covered.

viii. Help and Support
Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong, their trained team leaders and their in-country partners will support and look after you from registration to building. Before you leave Habitat will equip you with all the information and resources for the Global Village trip. Once you arrive in country, you will meet your host at the airport and transported to your accommodation. The team will receive an orientation and daily briefings will be conducted by Habitat staff.

ix. Estimated Trip cost
GV trip costs depend on the country visited and the number of trip days. All trip costs include room and board, in-country transportation, travel insurance and a donation toward the Habitat host community’s building projects and the Global Village program. Trip costs are approximately US$890– US$1,360depending on the destination and length. Airfare, cancellation insurance and baggage fees are not included in the cost. Please make an enquiry by email to volunteer@habitat.org.hkfor more details.

x. How to Apply?
To apply, you may send an enquiry by email to volunteer@habitat.org.hkto enquire about destination and minimum team size.

xi. Can I fundraise for my Global Village trip?
Yes. In fact, many of Habitat‘s participants have successfully raised funds to support part or the entire trip cost. Fundraising in your community is an exciting way to promote awareness of the need for decent, affordable housing in many parts of the world. Contact Habitat at volunteer@habitat.org.hk for more information.

About Habitat for Humanity China: Founded by Millard Fuller and his wife Linda in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a non-profit Christian housing organization with a mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by building simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families themselves and volunteers.

Habitat for Humanity builds for people of all backgrounds, races and religions to provide needy families with a simple and decent place to live in.

To date, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 400,000 houses, for more than 2,000,000 people in more than 3,000 communities in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Habitat for Humanity China’s Hong Kong office focuses on fundraising and recruiting volunteers. Donations are allocated to Habitat housing programs in mainland China and disaster response efforts around the world such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.

Habitat for Humanity’s Vietnam Big Build 2016

10 May

habitat for humanity 3Marking World Habitat Day in October 2016, international volunteers will work together with low-income families in Phu Tho province, Vietnam to improve their lives through the Vietnam Big Build. During the weeklong build from October 3 to 7, Habitat for Humanity aims to build 30 houses and recruit at least 300 international volunteers in Phu Tho. Durable materials such as sun-dried bricks, and concrete and tiles will be used.

Build Date: 1-8 October 2016 (Tentative itinerary)

Build Site: Phu Tho Province, Hanoi, Vietnam

Age Requirement: 18 or above

Registration: Please complete the VBB 2016 Volunteer Application Form – HK and send it to email anson.wong@habitat.org.hk

Application Deadline: 15 June, 2016

Program fee: USD1,965 / HKD 15,327 (Flight tickets between your home country and Vietnam are not covered)
Get your Global Village-Sponsorship Form to fundraise for your journey!

Vietnam Visa Process
Vietnam_RainbowVillage2008-686x1024Visa regulations governing volunteer engagement with NGOs in Vietnam are quite specific and include several different government offices. Therefore, it is important for all visitors and volunteers who would like to take part in HFHV’s programs to follow the below guidelines for obtaining the appropriate visa which must be processed through HFHV and PACCOM (The People’s Aid Coordinating Committee who manages NGOs in Vietnam).
A. General Requirements from Vietnamese Immigration Department

1. Visa Type: NN3 is compulsory (tourist visa – DL is not allowed) NN3 – issued to people who come to work with foreign non-governmental organizations, representative offices, branches of foreign traders, representative offices of other foreign economic, cultural, professional organizations in Vietnam
2. Valid: 1 month
3. Entry: single entry
4. Location: Visa should be obtained prior to departure at the nearest Vietnam Embassy or Consulate.
5. List of visa exemption: http://www.chinhphu.vn/portal/page/portal/English/visa-procedure
B. Overview of HFHV’s process with the Vietnam authorities

1. HFHV must first seek approval from the local authorities in the location of the volunteer build.
2. This approval requires HFHV to submit volunteer details including copies of passports all together. Therefore, if some volunteers are traveling earlier, the visa process must be started earlier in order to be completed for their entry date to Vietnam.
3. The local authorities will provide an approval letter to PACCOM who will then submit to the immigration office.
4. Once processed, the immigration office will provide an official letter to HFHV that will support the NN3 visa request which we will then send to the Sending Coordinator/Team Leader.
5. With this letter, volunteers can submit their visa application to their local Vietnam Embassy.

About Habitat for Humanity China: Founded by Millard Fuller and his wife Linda in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a non-profit Christian housing organization with a mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by building simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families themselves and volunteers.

Habitat for Humanity builds for people of all backgrounds, races and religions to provide needy families with a simple and decent place to live in.

To date, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 400,000 houses, for more than 2,000,000 people in more than 3,000 communities in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Habitat for Humanity China’s Hong Kong office focuses on fundraising and recruiting volunteers. Donations are allocated to Habitat housing programs in mainland China and disaster response efforts around the world such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.

Project Home Works

6 Jun

For most people in Hong Kong, the city is perhaps home of satisfactory living standard. However a lot of social problems in the city remain invisible to us. Only if every one of us extends a helping hand, we can together achieve big social changes. Habitat for Humanity launched Project Home Works which targets to help low income families, the elderly and the physically disabled by providing free house repairing and cleaning services. The project strives to bring better homes, build community and convey hope to the society.

Basic RGBThroughout the project, Habitat for Humanity partners with different non-profit and social services organizations in search for families and people in need. A lot of our home partners especially the elderly and physically disabled, who owing to age and physical restrictions, cannot clean their homes regularly not to mention repairing the broken parts. However potential household traps threaten their home safety. Project Home Works thus step in and hope to give them a bright and clean home with hope.

habitat for humanity 1Project Home Works involves volunteers and allow them to experience first hand the unsatisfactory living conditions of the home partners. Through the program, the volunteers not only bring warmth to home partners by talking to them, but can also share their experience with friends and families, thus raising awareness of poverty housing problems.

Project Home Works is held twice every month. Be part of the Habitat for Humanity team and bring home, community and hope to more families!

habitat for humanity 3Date: The second and fourth Saturday of each month

Audience: Anyone who is interested in serving the community. Experience in home repairs and renovation is not required.

Age requirement: Aged 15 or above

Types of work: Wall Painting, fix peeling ceiling, house cleaning etc

habitat for humanity 2To find out more about Project Home Works, the next available service date and to join, please visit their website.

About Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong: Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means 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.

Population is growing in cities around the world. It is estimated that 523 million people in Asia are currently living in slums. Each day, another 120,000 people are added to the populations of Asian cities, requiring the construction of at least 20,000 new dwellings daily. Housing supply simply cannot catch up with demand in Asia.

Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for decent housing and harnessing resources to improve living conditions including water, lighting and sanitation for families across the Asia-Pacific region, including China.

They believe a safe, secure and decent home opens the door to improved health, better performance in school, greater economic opportunities, women empowerment, and increased community cohesion, among others. Decent housing provides a way out of poverty, not only in this generation but for generations to come.

What Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong does:

– Building, rehabilitating and repairing homes for low-income families, including the elderly and families with disabled members;
– Providing permanent housing solutions for people vulnerable to, or affected by natural disasters, conflicts and other calamities;
– Recruiting and training volunteer builders to construct decent housing alongside Habitat home partner families and support youth development in the community.

Rebuild Homes and Hope for Nepalese Earthquake Victims

30 Apr

A powerful earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, 2015 which results in serious death toll and injuries. Residents have fled their homes and are still experiencing aftershocks. Habitat for Humanity’s disaster response teams are now assessing the situation and coordinating response operations with local government agencies and disaster relief partners.
Nepal Earthquake
Please make a donation today to enable them to assemble 20,000 emergency shelter kits for the victims, including hammers, gloves and corrugated sheets etc. to help them clean up and return home as quickly as possible. Habitat for Humanity will also be providing technical expertise in home and community rebuilding as they have been doing in Nepal for 18 years.

Nepal is highly rural and predominantly agricultural, and disasters such as these leave families vulnerable. Habitat for Humanity is ready to help families return home as soon as possible, and to assist with clean up, repairs and new construction efforts.

There will be significant need to help families in the days and months ahead. To donate please follow this link. Your gift will help families recover.

About Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates improving access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a non-profit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission.

Population is growing in cities around the world. It is estimated that 523 million people in Asia are currently living in slums. Each day, another 120,000 people are added to the populations of Asian cities, requiring the construction of at least 20,000 new dwellings daily. Housing supply simply cannot catch up with demand in Asia.

Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for decent housing and harnessing resources to improve living conditions including water, lighting and sanitation for families across the Asia-Pacific region, including China.

Habitat believes a safe, secure and decent home opens the door to improved health, better performance in school, greater economic opportunities, women empowerment, and increased community cohesion, among others. Decent housing provides a way out of poverty, not only in this generation but for generations to come.

What Habitat does:
– Building, rehabilitating and repairing homes for low-income families, including the elderly and families with disabled members;
– Providing permanent housing solutions for people vulnerable to, or affected by natural disasters, conflicts and other calamities;
– Recruiting and training volunteer builders to construct decent housing alongside Habitat home partner families and support youth development in the community.

Their achievements:
– Since 1976, Habitat has built homes and hope for more than 5 million people, or 1 million families.
– Since Habitat began working in the Asia-Pacific region in 1983, around 1.5 million people have been supported with decent housing.