Habitat for Humanity in Zambia

ZambiaHabitat for Humanity began work in Zambia in 1984 and has since expanded into six of the country’s nine provinces, working in both rural and urban areas.

The average house size is 35 sq. metres. Most of the programme’s rural homes are built using burnt bricks and corrugated iron roofing sheets.

The homes are simple but of high quality, with separate sleeping, cooking, and living areas.

The houses are designed so that homepartners have the option of extending the house in the future.

Meet a family

Susan is 27 years old and is HIV positive. She has three children of her own and is also looking after her sister.

Susan sells fruitZambia and vegetables at a local market and makes around 20,000 kwacha (£2.50) per week.

The family used to live in a mud house. It would leak during the rainy season because the roof of the house was poorly constructed with metal sheets. They had no toilet or proper bathroom to use.

Living like this made them even more vulnerable to disease.

Habitat for Humanity worked with the family to build a three roomed brick house with a pit latrine where there is enough space for the whole family.

The new house protects the family from the rain and reduces the risk of illness. 

You can help to give more families like Susan's a safe, decent home by making a donation.

More about the Orphans and Vulnerable Children programme in Zambia

In addition to its conventional building programme, Habitat for Humanity is building and renovating houses for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and their caregivers. Vulnerable children and orphans are extremely common in Zambia, due to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS.

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Habitat for Humanity's work in countries like Zambia rely on your support.

You can also volunteer to work alongside a family building their new home.


Zambia factfile

Capital Lusaka
Population* 14,309,000
Life expectancy* 52 years
Literacy* 80.6%
Unemployment rate (% of labour force without jobs)* 14% 
Population below poverty line* 64%
Human Development Index** 164

*Stats from World Factbook as of August 2012
** Stats from UNDP.org 2011 rankings