Building challenge on
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.