Remarks by National Director
Habitat for Humanity Indonesia
We are already through October this year. This month is particular and full of enthusiasm for me and all of us, especially for young Indonesian fighters, because this month, we commemorate World Habitat Day on October 2, 2022, and Youth Pledge Day on October 28, 2022.
First, I wish you a happy commemoration of World Habitat Day. We hope that the WHD commemoration can break our spirit to think about the importance of proper housing in Indonesia, especially for low-income families, and take a shared responsibility to make Indonesia a better habitat for everyone, both today and in the future.
Continuing the WHD commemoration, as a concrete realization that we support the completion of inadequate housing in Indonesia, Praise God, this year Habitat again has the opportunity to hold 28uild (to build) after being stopped in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This 28uild activity is a routine house-building activity every year that has involved especially young people since 2012. This activity aims to unite the spirit of the younger generation so that they realize the importance of decent housing, especially for low-income families in Indonesia, and participate in providing it.
This time, 28uild was held on October 29, 2022, in two cities, Mauk-Tangerang and Gresik-Surabaya. I was pleased that about 300 young volunteers were enthusiastic about participating in this activity. Through this year’s 28uild, Habitat and the young volunteers managed to build 15 houses, paint 32 homes, two primary schools, and one early childhood education. Since 2012, more than 2,900 volunteers have joined 28uild from several cities, such as Jakarta, Batam, Yogyakarta, and Surabaya.
Young people are one of the life of Indonesia. Habitat hopes that the younger generation can continue to actively support development in Indonesia by participating in 28uild activities organized by Habitat. Happy commemorating World Habitat Day and Happy Youth Pledge Day! See you at the 28uild movement next year.