Taong 2014 nang gawing ambassador ng Habitat for Humanity Philippines si Alden Richards.
Hanggang ngayon, patuloy pa rin siya sa commitment niyang tumulong sa "We Build" campaign ng naturang organisasyon.
Noong nakaraang January 29, sa gitna ng kanyang hectic showbiz schedule, ay naglaan pa rin ng oras si Alden para makasama ang ilang bata sa Bistekville 1, isang Habitat community sa Barangay Payatas, Quezon City, kunsaan merong nakatirang mahigit kumulang na 250 families.
Nagkaroon ng storytelling activity si Alden na binansagang “A Day of Smiles.”
Nag-share din ang aktor ng kanyang blessings sa pamamagitan ng pagpapakain sa mga batang kinuwentuhan niya tungkol sa values formation.
“It’s my first time to do a storytelling after a while. I see the kids listening, and I see them smile once in a while.
“In the midst of all the stress and hardships they go through every day, it’s the least that we can do.
“They’re too young to experience stress. In a way, I’m giving them a light moment with this Habitat activity,” ngiti pa ni Alden.
GIVING BACK. Aware siya na maraming pamilya sa ating bansa ang hindi pa nakakaranas na magkaroon ng matatawag nilang sariling tahanan.
“Our number one struggle here in the Philippines is our homeless people.
“It still feels good that in our own small way, we can help our fellow Filipinos in need.
“More than an obligation, it’s what I want to do, especially every January, during my birthday.
“It’s a way of giving back to the people.
“I feel happy every time I get an opportunity to help others.
“Nandito kasi heart ko, whenever I help sa mga nangangailangan,” pahayag niya.
Noong January 2 ang birthday ni Alden.
THE REAL ALDEN. Ito raw ang isang side ni Alden na gusto niyang makita ng ibang tao.
Hindi lang daw siya ang Alden na napapanood nila sa Kalyeserye ng Eat Bulaga! na nagpapakilig ng fans kasama ang ka-loveteam niyang si Maine Mendoza, aka Yaya Dub.
“It makes me more of a person—the real Alden, a real human being.
“For me, it’s a break from all the showbiz things, a break from all the busy schedules and everything.
“At least an hour or two with the kids, and with the people on behalf of Habitat, it feels like I ejected for a few moments.
“Uy, I can be a volunteer! I can help people, I can bring happiness to people. It’s a break for me,” diin pa niya.
UNWAVERING DEDICATION. Pinuri ng managing director at CEO ng Habitat for Humanity Philippines na si Charlie Ayco ang dedication ni Alden sa kanilang mga proyekto.
Ayon kay Ayco, “Alden’s support to our advocacy is truly admirable.
“He has dedicated time, energy, and resources to helping his fellow Filipino brothers and sisters in need.
“His generosity is an example to all of us in how we can help build a better Philippines.
“Habitat for Humanity has since helped more than 140,000 families achieve their dream of living in a decent home.
“With the help of ambassadors like Alden Richards, the organization hopes to follow its road map to helping achieve its vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”