Supporters to join Habitat for Humanity to observe United Nations World Habitat Day, Monday 4th October

29 Sep

SUPPORTERS TO JOIN HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO OBSERVE UNITED NATIONS WORLD HABITAT DAY,  MONDAY 4TH OCTOBER In recognition of World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity International will raise awareness of the need for improved shelter and the “better life” benefits that follow – improved health, education, safety and economic opportunities.

Research shows that housing directly impacts children:

Research shows that housing has positive impacts on the lives of children. I took this photograph at a Habitat build in My Tho at the Mekong Delta.

  • Children in poverty housing have increased risk of viral or bacterial infections (such as diarrhoea) and a greater chance of suffering mental health and behavioural problems.
  • Children of homeowners are more likely to stay in school (by a nearly 10 percent increase).
  • Children who live in poverty housing have lower educational attainment and a greater likelihood of being impoverished and unemployed as adults.

In the Asia Pacific Region, Habitat for Humanity International will host building, advocacy and fundraising activities to recognize World Habitat Day in over a dozen countries. More details can be found here.

The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October as World Habitat Day, a call to people around the world to join together to exchange ideas and advocate for the need and importance of safe and secure housing.

One billion people, one-sixth of the world’s population, live in deplorable conditions in dilapidated slums and shanty-towns. By 2030, that number is expected to rise to 2 billion.

About Habitat for Humanity Vietnam

Habitat for Humanity Vietnam (HFHV) operates as a part of Habitat for Humanity International, building simple, decent and affordable homes and water and sanitation facilities in partnership with Vietnamese families in need. HFHV started in January 2001 and is currently implementing projects inVinh Phuc, Hai Duong, Quang Nam, Tien Giang, Dong Nai and Kien Giang provinces.To date, HFHV has served over 7,400 households or nearly 34,000 people in Vietnam. For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer, please visit www.habitatvietnam.org.

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