Habitat for Humanity in Nepal
Habitat for Humanity began working in Nepal in 1997 and has since helped over 10,000 families.
Habitat for Humanity houses are built using local construction technologies in various project areas based on the availability of materials.
In the hilly Kavre district, stone and sun dried brick houses are popular whereas in urban areas such as Pokhara and Chitwan, kiln-fired bricks and hollow cement blocks are used to build homes.
In eastern Nepal project areas, bamboo is the predominant building material. Bamboo is fast-growing, easy to use, environmentally friendly, and durable.
Through its partner organisations, Habitat for Humanity has trained homepartners in bamboo cultivation and in the use of bamboo technology.
Habitat for Humanity has established a facility in Jhapa to produce corrugated bamboo roofing sheets as an environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative to corrugated iron roofing.
The facility provides employment opportunities to families as well as low-cost roofing materials.
Each home partner family contributes sweat equity, or their own labour, in building their own house as well as those of others. Families also provide raw materials to reduce the loan they have to repay.
The mortgage loan repayment period is less than three years and repayment averages US$7 per month.
Meet a family
Babuniya’s story is no different that hundreds of others in Nepal who have lived a life of a “bonded labour” or “Kamaiya”.
When the Kamaiya system was abolished in 2000, Babuniya and her family were left with no home and no work.
Eventually Babuniya received a plot of land from the government. With money from Habitat for Humanity and re-using building materials from her old house, she has been able to build the home she needed.
Today she is very happy and feels she can make a very good home and life for herself.
Her daughter, Rajkumari is also very happy that now they have a proper house that does not leak or get cold in winter. The family can raise chickens and grow vegetables too.
The biggest difference Babuniya feels after building her own house is that she is motivated to do more. They have since made a cement platform for the water pump, which helps the whole neighborhood. Once the house loan is paid off she will take out another loan for a permanent toilet.
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You can also volunteer to work alongside a family building their new home.
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*Stats from World Factbook as of August 2012
** Stats from UNDP.org 2011 rankings