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World Habitat Day : Habitat 1st Exhibition on Disaster Response

Typhoon Mangkhut and Indonesia earthquake highlights the importance of disaster response work, it could result in more than hundreds of people died, millions of people may lose their homes in a second. To raise awareness of housing challenges for families affected by natural disaster, we have lunched a 5-day event - ‘From Ruins to Recovery – Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong’s Disaster Response Exhibition’ in Hong Kong Baptist University. We kicked off the exhibition on October 1, which is also the World Habitat Day to promote the urgent need of a decent home.
In the exhibition, we have a slum display, frontline disaster relief equipment such as a shelter kit, as well as information boards detailing our disaster response operations. Apart from learning background information, we encouraged audience to take actions – together build the disaster resilient house model in a workshop. More than 2000 students and members of the public visited the exhibition and almost 300 sign up as volunteers to work with Habitat for creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Volunteer shoulder to shoulder, saving Kat O from typhoon
Typhoon Mangkhut, the worst typhoon in Hong Kong’s records, struck the city last month. Many areas were severely affected with multiple houses and buildings damaged, roads blocked by debris and an estimated 46 thousands of trees destroyed. Thankfully, there were no reported fatalities. There were however, areas such as Kat O where people’s homes were particularly damaged. Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong and Kat O residents joined together and recruited almost 200 volunteers to clean up on September 23. A huge thank you to the Canadian International School, Hong Kong International School, Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd and all other public volunteers, for putting a 200% effort into clearing out broken fridges and furniture, cleaning up houses filled with mud and handling electric saws to cut through dangerous metal sheets in order to resume decent homes for the Kat O villagers.
Colorful mural brings happiness
Habitat Hong Kong worked together with nearly 40 volunteers from DHL on Sep 22 to decorate 60 bedroom doors with beautiful murals in Po Leung Kuk Wong Chuk Hang Service for Elderly. Colorful flowers and cute animals were drawn on the walls and door of each room. The murals have transformed the whole building, creating a bright and cheerful atmosphere. A senior citizens home is a place for the elderly to enjoy their twilight years and we hope that the artwork will make it a beautiful place they can call home.
Bangladesh family smile again
Dinobondhu Malo feeds his family, wife and 2 little child under 4 years old, on his average daily income of BDT 250 (approximately USD 3) working as a fisherman. Their house looked like a poorly made patchwork quilt. “We had minimal protection from the summer heat and monsoon would bring untold horrors of rainy nights, stormy winds, and leaking roof. In winter we would be frozen to the bones in this house made of bamboo mats”, describes Dinobondhu. He was informed about Habitat Bangladesh and applied for a house where they are now living in a brick house has a proper door and windows which ensures their safety and security.
Help people in Indonesia recover from disaster
The island of Sulawesi in Indonesia was recently struck by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake 3 weeks ago, triggering a tsunami, with waves reaching up to six meters in some areas. As of October 11, at least 2000 people were confirmed dead and more than 70,000 people displaced. At least 190,000 people, including over 45,000 children, in need of immediate humanitarian aid, food, and shelter.
Habitat for Humanity, in close coordination and communication with the Indonesian Government, urgently need your support.
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