Habitat for Humanity Singapore
Founded by the late Millard Fuller and his wife Linda in 1976, Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit Christian housing organisation that believes decent, affordable shelter is a basic human right and helps break the cycle of poverty.
Habitat’s mission is to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by building simple, decent houses with the help of homeowner families themselves and volunteers.
Habitat builds for people of all backgrounds, races & religion and has provided safe, decent shelter for more than 9.8 million people in over 3,000 communities in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Intended use of funds through the YFC 2018 programme
Habitat for Humanity seeks to fundraise for it’s various programme needs and to expand existing capacity building efforts.
Locally, Project HomeWorks is Habitat Singapore’s local initiative that aims to rehabilitate the homes and lives of our vulnerable elderly or those with disabilities living alone in cluttered, unhygienic and bug-infested one- and two-room rental flats. This often requires professional fumigation services as well as furniture replacements especially for cases where bedbugs are involved.
Expanding the reach of Habitat Singapore’s engagement also requires new initiatives that can benefit from funding from the YFC programme.
Engaging and involving the YFC participants
YFC teams can see themselves being involved in four key areas under the mentorship of both Citi-YMCA mentors as well as Habitat Singapore staff:
Service: Shortlisted teams can have the opportunity to be part of local and/or overseas projects that they raise funds for and ultimately see the mileage of their efforts on the ground.
Advocate: Shortlisted teams will be exposed to what Habitat Singapore does, and equipped to effectively advocate for the cause of the disadvantaged and the poor.
Fundraise: Shortlisted teams will receive guidance on effective fundraising strategies beyond the trainings received under the YFC programme with the help of Habitat Singapore, as well as be exposed to various fundraising opportunities organised by Habitat Singapore.
Educate: Shortlisted will ultimately be exposed to the workings of a non-profit Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) through the process of YFC projects, receive coaching and mentorship, as well as have first hand experience of running projects on the ground. What better way to learn about running a VWO project than to actually run one yourself?