House blitz build for Dumaguete families set in March
By Rachelle M. Nessia
Dumaguete City (28 January) -- Ten families in Dumaguete City will be benefiting from a major volunteer house blitz build set in March 2010.
International volunteers will be coming in the city to team up with local volunteers to build ten new Habitat homes in just five days.
The blitz build will take off on March 6 and will last until March 12, 2010 at the existing Habitat community in Candau-ay, this city which has been home to over 100 families since 1991.
For the past 20 years, Habitat has provided over 830 homes for Dumaguete families in need.
However, the need for secure housing options for low-income Dumaguetenos remains high with over 4,000 houses yet to built for disadvantaged families, according to a press statement from the local Habitat for Humanity.
In view of this, Habitat for humanity is now embarking on a plan to build 2,000 homes by 2020, with said blitz build in March as the first of a series of house build events to take place in the next ten years.
The said house blitz build is also to mark the continuous support for Habitat from Mayor Agustin Perdices during his six terms office and to recognize the efforts of the more than 500 Japanese student volunteers brought by Professor Nobu over the past 14 years.
Habitat is calling for local community volunteers and events sponsors to ensure that they reach their mission of building 200 homes by 2020.
About 100 volunteers per day are needed to join with local carpenters in building the homes in five days while sponsors are being sought to provide support in several ways such as in cash (that will be used to buy the materials for each home) or in kind (products that will be used throughout the build).
Local volunteers will get the chance to work with international volunteers from Japan, Australia, USA and other countries.
The Dumaguete City Habitat for Humanity is a non-stock, non-profit organization based in Dumaguete. Founded in 1989, the organization focuses in providing opportunity for low-income Dumaguetenos to own homes by constructing decent affordable housing which the families themselves help build with the assistance of local and international papers. (PIA/rmn) [top]