April 2013

Through your support we were able to reach out to 44,548 families by March, 2013. Your contribution to Habitat for Humanity India continues to put roofs over the heads of families in need.

Habitat Youth BUILD

14,000 young people in seven countries gathered for Habitat for Humanity’s largest youth volunteer build event in Asia

Over 500 of these volunteers were from corporates and schools in India. They built and painted homes in Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Karjat (Maharashtra) so that 50 low-income families across the country have a decent place to live.

Leading up to this mega-build, volunteers in India participated in several awareness-raising events including: a mass-human formation, a conference on affordable housing, rallies to promote housing as a basic human right, a workshop on the role of youth in responding to disasters and signature campaigns.
The event set a record for Habitat for Humanity as its largest ever youth volunteer build event in Asia. Celebrity supporters across the region joined volunteers to build, or went online to lend their support, with Bollywood star John Abraham (@The_JohnAbraham) leading the way on Twitter.
Habitat Youth BUILD 2013
Youth Council Habitat Youth BUILD India beneficiary Volunteer

Sneh Koticha and Abhiruchi Agarwal, Habitat’s Youth Council leaders, at the build site in Karjat, Maharashtra.

Sneh Koticha, Chairperson, Habitat India’s Youth Council – welcomed volunteers to the mega-build and shared how the council had taken on the task of building 500 homes in Latur district over the next 3 – 5 years. Abhiruchi Agarwal, a recent Youth Council member also shared how she got interested in Habitat’s work after being inspired by her grandfather who’s been a long-time Habitat supporter in India.

Over 500 Habitat India Youth BUILD volunteers built, painted and repaired over 50 homes in Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Karjat (Maharashtra).

Parsuram Kashinath Phasa, was one of the 50 beneficiaries of Habitat Youth BUILD India. Volunteers painted his home during the event. He shared how he now runs a small business from his new home. Additionally, he was able to get married after he moved from a kuttcha house to a more safe and secure brick house.

Tarini Data, a grade ten student at American School of Bombay was at her 13th Habitat build.

“When you live in India, especially Mumbai, you can’t ignore the fact that most people don’t have basic living conditions”, she said. “Where we come from we have all the luxuries that we don’t really need and if there’s anything we can do to help people, we should. You didn’t pick the family you were born in, so if you’re privileged you should try to help others who aren’t. As youth, this is going to be our problem, our inheritance.”.


Youth learn to respond to disasters
Habitat India’s Disaster Response Unit trained over 200 youth on disaster response and preparedness. Around 50 urban youth living in ‘disaster prone’ Otteri hutment settlements in Chennai attended a Habitat session on disaster awareness. Youth living in these low-lying areas are vulnerable to floods.
Using theatre art as a learning medium Habitat trained these youth on how they can respond during emergencies. Additionally, 165 youth and college students from Myladuthurai and Villupuram district mapped the risk and hazard profile of their respective areas and how youth can play a vital role in the disaster preparedness & response.
Disaster Response Training


Student Awareness Programme on Sanitation and Health
Youth in Maharashtra districts spread awareness about Sanitation & Health

Over 500 youth from Mozari,
Shivangaon, Vathoda,
Dhamangaon and
Ashok Nagar villages in Amravati organized sanitation and health awareness programmes in the week leading up to Habitat Youth BUILD.

The programmes involved cleaning roads & drainage systems, a bike rally, poster contests and distributing information on housing and sanitation. The youth aimed to create awareness about the importance of cleanliness and sanitation in each home and the subsequent impact on health.



Students Rally for the Right to Housing
Students Rally for the Right to Housing

American Community school students from Abu Dhabi conducted an awareness campaign at Perani village, Villupuram District,Tamil Nadu along with children from the community. Additionally, 700 students and 50 teachers from SBOA School in Chennai organized a rally promoting the right to housing in Annanagar area.
Students gathered into a ‘human formation’ of the word ‘Youth BUILD’ and then participated in a signature campaign supporting the cause.

“I am feeling very excited and satisfied as I have done something for others. If given the opportunity, I’ll participate in other events like this to raise the awareness of people in making this world a BETTER PLACE“,- said a SBOA student who attended the rally.



Delhi School Painting Contest
‘Right to Shelter’ School Painting Contest, Delhi

Habitat for Humanity India in partnership with the UN Information Centre and UN-Habitat launched a painting contest on the ‘Right to Shelter’ involving over 500 students from Delhi Schools.

Bollywood celebrity John Abraham lent his support to this activity by offering to give the winner autographed merchandize. Additionally, an exhibition of the top 20 paintings will take place on World Habitat day, October 7, 2013.



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Habitat for Humanity India is grateful to the following corporates, schools and agencies that made our Habitat Youth BUILD campaign a success:


Prudential, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Remax India, Tata Housing, Exxon, Northern Trust, Timken, Deutsch Bank, Toll Logistics, American School of Bombay, Oberoi International School, Apeksha, IRCED, UN-Habitat, UN- Information Centre, SBOA, Seeds of Peace, Peace Foundation, Vedamari Community College, Mao Christian Fellowship Delhi, Delhi Bikers, Salvation Army, JNU students, Architects, Ernst and Young, AECOM and Chetnalaya.

A big thank you to FedEx for their generous contribution towards Habitat India’s work.





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