Today is a happy day. I am saying this with hopeful thoughts that even the heavy rains outside would not shake my bright vibe. Early this morning, I took part in the construction work organized by the Habitat for Humanity.
A few months ago, I shared that Habitat for Humanity tapped social media influencers to spread the word about the advocacy. I am delighted to be part of this pool. For many months I always think of volunteering a few hours to give back to the community, but it always comes at the bottom of the list because life has so many distractions.
Habitat for Humanity joins the United Nations alongside organizations around the world in raising awareness and consciousness on the importance of building decent homes, by educating and mobilizing individuals and communities to take action in the current global housing crisis by observing the World Habitat Day. It is celebrated every first Monday of October – a world wide event that aims to make a call for new and innovative programs, policies and systems that would make our world a decent place to live for regardless of race or religion.
We celebrated the World Habitat Day two days earlier and we visited the beautiful community of Bistekville in Payatas, Quezon City where we took part in the construction of houses, helped out medical mission, participated in the sports clinic and bond with families.
The Habitat team welcomed us to the Bistekville community. A simple neighborhood that reflects the peace and order any homeowner could wish for. We were briefed on the things that we need to do and reminded the goal of zero accident. Then we were ready to get those rollers and paint.
I didn’t expect the project to be in a deep excavated area with mountaneous soils. When I heard of house painting, I was expecting interior paint – the kind that I did for our home in 2006 and repainting in some schools. I didn’t expect that part of the housing is mostly unfinished with scaffolding still up. It was all a surprise but that made the work more exciting. This is the first activity work that I did a physical stretch that could mean losing your life with the wrong move – most of the ones I did involved simple body work, knowledge transfer, or consulting. It makes me remember of the volunteers who do rescue work during times of disaster. I wish I would get braver in the future and do those things too.
And although I know we could help in the real build (where we can get our hands dirty carrying hollow blocks and shovel) – I chose the lighter work because I was feeling a bit weak that day. I was actually set for the medical mission but part of me wanted to get my hands into painting colors in those walls.
We stayed at the second floor, and we worked on the external walls. The whole experience was fun with competitive banters from Yen, Chuckie and Myke working on the other house next to what we were working on. Earth and I proudly finished two houses. Haha. But I have to admit that Yen, Chuckie and Myke’s work is just smooth and fluid 🙂 Good job!
LoadingPainting houses at #Bistekville for @habitatphils. @mykesoon @yendreyfus @ruthilicious @earthlngorgeous #WorldHabitatDay #HabitatOnlineChampion #OnlineChampionBuild
(thank you for documenting this! :))
Lunch was served in lovely banana leaves – grilled fish and adobo. We also got the chance to visit some of the houses, Habitat for Humanity housing is a good 25 sq. meters with decent bathroom and kitchen. The kind that every Filipino family should have.