Home Sweep Home – Singapore’s largest clean-up event

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On the morning of 8 July 2017, Habitat for Humanity Singapore will be organising Singapore’s largest clean-up event, Home Sweep Home. 3000 participants will clean 200 homes and pick up litter across three neighbourhoods: Redhill, Chai Chee and Toa Payoh.

Habitat for Humanity was founded by the late Millard Fuller and his wife Linda in 1976, and, according to its website, “is a non-profit Christian housing organisation with a mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by building simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families themselves and volunteers.”

Some of Habitat’s volunteers

“Habitat for Humanity builds for people of all backgrounds, races, and religions to provide needy families with a simple and decent place to live in,” its website says.

By cleaning up shared living spaces and improving the living conditions of the vulnerable elderly, Habitat for Humanity Singapore hopes to resurrect Singaporeans’ kampung spirit.

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development, will attend the event as Guest-of-Honour. Besides the 3000 volunteers, VIPs such as Mr S. Dhanabalan, Former Cabinet Minister, and Mr Philip Ng, senior advisor CEO of Far East Organisation, will also participate in the clean-up.

Participants of Home Sweep Home can choose from two activities. Firstly, participants may clean the homes of vulnerable elderly or residents with disabilities who live alone. Many of the elderly assisted by Habitat for Humanity Singapore have difficulties caring for themselves, often living in bug-infested and unsanitary homes. Habitat for Humanity believes in providing everyone with decent living conditions, sometimes even as simple as a clean home. Alternatively, participants may opt to pick up litter in common areas of the neighbourhood. Through litter-picking, Habitat for Humanity hopes to initiate discussions about the prevalence of littering in Singapore, and encourage Singaporeans to play an active role in maintaining the cleanliness of our living environment.

Habitat for Humanity Singapore welcomes participants of all ages for Home Sweep Home. Those interested may now register at www.habitat.org.sg/home-sweep-home. Tickets start at $15 for youth and $25 for adults, with group package discounts also available.

Post-clean-up carnivals in each of the three neighbourhoods will be open to members of the public from 11.30am to 1pm, featuring food, games and activities. The carnivals aim to celebrate clean living spaces as well as care for the vulnerable. Visitors of the carnivals can participate in an interactive exhibition about Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s at the Habitat Village. We can also learn how to change lives and our community profoundly through small, meaningful actions.

Driven by the vision for a world where everyone has a decent place to live in, Habitat for Humanity Singapore has worked with underprivileged families and individuals to increase access to improved living conditions since 2004. Besides Home Sweep Home, Habitat for Humanity has also launched home improvement programes such as “Project Homeworks”, as well as litter-picking initiatives such as “UnLitter Red Dot”. You can find out more about Habitat for Humanity Singapore at http://www.habitat.org.sg/.

Home Sweep Home is a large-scale advocacy and impact programme by Habitat for Humanity Singapore. The inaugural event aims to rally together volunteers to provide a decent home and environment to the vulnerable segments in our society.