JPMorgan Chase & Co. women employees built homes to celebrate Valentine’s Day festivities by taking part in Habitat for Humanity Philippines’ Women Build in Stonewell, Sto. Tomas, Batangas, last February 13. More than fifty women volunteers took part in constructing homes for families in need of decent and affordable homes.
The volunteers were exposed to various build activities such as land excavation, gravel bedding, wall panel drilling, and cement mixing and pouring. The build experience, which the women voluntarily signed up for under JP Morgan’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, enabled them to become more empowered to participate in nation building from the grassroots.
The Habitat Philippines Women Build volunteer work is another show of heart that proves that women can also do the heavy lifting and share the love for our fellow Filipinos.
“Habitat’s Women Build initiative here in the Philippines is gaining recognition among our society and has been able to empower women to do and build more to help better the lives of Filipino families who simply need a home to live in,” Charlie Ayco, Habitat’s Managing Director and CEO said.
“We are overjoyed and very thankful that JPMorgan continues to partner with us in building communities and transforming lives,” Ayco added.
Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build originated in the early 1990’s in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, wherein it encouraged women to help make a difference by building homes and communities. The initiative continues to seek to provide an environment in which women can feel comfortable learning construction skills that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn. Globally, over 1,400 homes have since been completed by Women Build volunteers.
About the Community
The Sto. Tomas, Batangas community, in partnership with Stonewell and Rockwell Land Corp., will become home to more than 200 families and is targeted to finish construction mid this year. The safe-guarded housing community will be made available for interested new and small families who hope for a safe and sustainable home.