MANILA (January 30, 2016) - Habitat for Humanity Philippines formally launched its “WeBuild” campaign at The Peninsula Manila Hotel to commemorate and further strengthen partnerships it has forged with donors and key partners who have helped in building homes and transforming lives.
The event was led by Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Habitat for Humanity International’s Board Secretary and Habitat Philippines’ Capital Campaign Cabinet Chairman. Alongside him were esteemed guests including Habitat Philippines’ Ambassadors; Alden Richards, Arnold Clavio, Cristina Romualdez, David Bonifacio, and Habitat Youth Council Founder and Chairwoman, Alexandra Eduque.
Envisioning a world where everyone has a decent place to live, these partners have paved a way in raising funds and awareness towards the issues of poverty housing facing the nation.
In the Philippines alone, there are almost four million families living in unsafe, unsanitary and unsustainable conditions (University of Asia and the Pacific, 2012). Through WeBuild, Habitat aims to reach 20 percent of this number by the year 2020: serving 800,000 families and mobilizing 1 million volunteers.
“We want to build not just a four-walled structure, but communities of transformed individuals who will be empowered to share that same love they’ve experienced to even more people,” Charlie Ayco, Managing Director and CEO of Habitat Philippines said.
“It’s a practice that we, as a nation — as a family — should do and nurture.”
The event highlighted Filipino families nationwide whose lives were transformed for the better through decent housing. One of which was Habitat home partner, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Philippines Diliman, and now structural engineer, Christian Seso.
He reminded fellow partners at the event, “There is a reason why you are blessed. You are blessed not just to be a blessing to your family, but to be a blessing to others, as well."