On December 4, 2015, Habitat for Humanity Nepal launched ‘Habitat Young Leaders Build 2016’ to mark International Volunteer Day which celebrates volunteerism. The event was jointly organized by the U.S. Embassy and Nepal Scouts.
Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, said:“I would like all Nepali youth to be a part of Habitat’s largest youth movement in the Asia-Pacific region and to contribute to a country and a world where everyone has decent place to live.”
During the event, singer/songwriter Nirnaya Shrestha, who was the Habitat Youth Ambassador for the past two years, introduced fresh faces. New Ambassadors for Habitat Young Leaders Build are VJ/model Ayushma Desraj Joshi Shrestha; actress Anna Sharma; media personality Sanjay Gupta; and Nepal Scouts repreresentative Prakash Pandey.
The event was attended by more than 70 guests from the U.S. Embassy, Nepal Scouts, students, U.S. youth council, corporations, Habitat Women Build Council, international nongovernmental organizations, partners of HFH Nepal and the media.
William N. Holton, Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy, led the way by pledging to mobilize young people to volunteer, fundraise and speak out for the need of decent housing as a way out of poverty and toward self-sustainability. Similar pledge cards were also signed by guests and Habitat Youth Ambassadors.
In addition, an online flag design competition was unveiled as a part of Habitat Young Leaders Build 2016.
Through the multi-month, youth-driven campaign, HFH Nepal aims to involve about 300,000 young people in various activities: