Six students from Department of Architecture AIUB attended a day-long program “Youth Build 2014” on 3rd of May 2014 arranged by Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Bangladesh. Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh, a branch of HFH international was established at 1999, currently operates in 10 locations across the country. They are working in partnership with low-income families to build secure and sanitary homes, aiming to break the cycle of poverty that comes with poorly-constructed homes in Bangladesh.
The day-long program gathered youth as volunteers from different institutions, and all day long they worked together to build homes and communities on a Habitat build site area located at Savar. Around 150 participants on this program came from AIUB, North-South University, Jaago Foundation, International School Dhaka (ISD) etc. All the volunteers and members started from HFH Gulshan office at 8:30 am, and they reached the site by 10 am. The day started with welcome speech from John A. Armstrong, national director of the organization. Then the volunteers got divided into six groups and started working on building homes at the site by carrying bricks and sands, breaking bricks into brick chips, laying bricks on the foundation etc. The program came to an ending by 4 pm, and the participating students enjoyed throughout the day. The participants gained hands-on practical experience in construction work as well as community interaction through the program and expressed keen interest to participate in similar programs in future with a bigger group from the Department.