13 Jun 2013

Mr. Kester Yim, Managing Director of Habitat for Humanity China

Our speaker today was Mr. Kester Yim, Managing Director of Habitat for Humanity China to talk about “Habitat for Humanity internationally, to the Asian region and then to China”.  Born and educated in Hong Kong, Kester worked and lived in Canada during the 90s. Kester Yim is a seasonal marketing professional with more than 30 years of extensive experience on a wide range of consumer products. He is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Marketing.  Kester joined Habitat for Humanity China, a non-profit making organization aiming to improve the living conditions for those in need in July 2010 as General Manager, South & West China. Since March 2011, he has become the Managing Director responsible for the overall management and development in both China and Hong Kong markets.

Founded by Millard Fuller and his wife Linda in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is a non-profit Christian housing organization with a mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide by building simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families themselves and volunteers.

Kester came to introduce their projects to us today. They have Green Joyful Home for Disabled Project in HK, a project providing basic home renovation and enhancement services for 120 low income individuals and families with disabilities.
 
In China, Sichuan experienced an 8.0 magnitude earthquake that killed approximately 90,000 people. Over 1.5 million people lived in the affected area with 3,476,000 houses destroyed or damaged according to government statistics.  Habitat for Humanity China began its operation in Sichuan in 2008 in response to the devastating earthquake. To date, they built 1,400 houses in ten villages in the townships of Xioayudong, Bailu, Jiexing, Zhuyuan and Qionglai working in partnership with the local government.

They also have projects in Guangdong, Guangxi and Yunnan.  To fight against poverty housing and homelessness around the world, Kester said we can be the volunteer or provide donation and networks.

We collected HK$430 for raffle and fines;  Kester helped to draw the raffle gift as a box of chocolates, which PP Nick won handily.