Build­ing chal­lenge on

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Young peo­ple are be­ing en­cour­aged to learn about the im­por­tance of good hous­ing – us­ing Lego.

The Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Build Chal­lenge is an an­nual aware­ness cam­paign that sees kids us­ing the con­struc­tion toy to cre­ate mini houses.

Vol­un­teer and fundrais­ing co­or­di­na­tor Kather­ine Granich says it is a fun way to en­gage youth in think­ing about so­ci­etal is­sues like poverty and poor hous­ing con­di­tions.

‘‘Poverty is not as easy to un­der­stand for chil­dren as it is for adults in some ways,’’ she says.

‘‘They of­ten don’t have any con­cept of peo­ple liv­ing be­low the poverty line. There is no show-and-tell about poverty.’’

Kids can un­der­take the con­struc­tion project at their own homes or they can take part in one of sev­eral events hap­pen­ing na­tion­wide. There are events across Auck­land, in­clud­ing one at St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege in Ep­som on Wed­nes­day.

Be­tween 10am and 4pm en­trants will be able to join free of charge and use supplied Lego. When com­plete, builders can email a photo of their houses to be in to win prizes.

St Cuth­bert’s Val­ues Pro­gramme man­ager Anna Wong says the school’s in­volve­ment is an ex­ten­sion of the work it al­ready does with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity.

‘‘Our stu­dents build with Habi­tat on a monthly ba­sis,’’ she says.

‘‘We en­cour­age them to take the whole ser­vice men­tal­ity into their lives and we cer­tainly ap­plaud what Habi­tat do.’’

Habi­tat is an in­ter­na­tional not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that aims to elim­i­nate poverty hous­ing and home­less­ness.

Since 1993 the or­gan­i­sa­tion has helped pro­vide 550 New Zealand fam­i­lies with safe and af­ford­able places to live.

The Build Chal­lenge runs un­til Oc­to­ber 20.

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