Habitat for Humanity Royal Patron visits Brazil
Habitat for Humanity Great Britain’s Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited Brazil last month and met with Mário Vieira, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity São Paulo. During their meeting on Tuesday 19 May, they discussed Brazil’s housing issues as well as land tenure, inequality, education and other topics relating to Habitat’s work in the area.
The pair were joined by HFH São Paulo’s Resource Development Director, Carla da Nóbrega and HFH Brazil’s legal advisor, Ronaldo Coelho who outlined the charity’s current projects in the region as well as future plans. His presentation focused on a recent DFID funded advocacy project, which benefited over 2,000 families.
HFH Great Britain’s Programme Officer, Laura Howlett, said: “We are delighted that His Royal Highness is so engaged with our work in Brazil. I visited Recife in March and was very impressed with the tangible impact made as a result of this programme.”
Picture 1 (L to R): Carla da Nóbrega (Resource Development Director – HFH SP), Mário Vieira (Executive Director – HFH SP), Duke of Gloucester and Ronaldo Coelho (Legal Advisor – HFH Brazil)
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Joe's visit to Malawi, Albright Dene.
Albright Dene’s Managing Director, Joe McDermott, recently visited the two communities in Malawi where their funds are being used to construct 22 Habitat for Humanity homes.
Joe was delighted to meet the families who will benefit from these new homes and he could see first-hand how the support the company is providing is merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of meeting the long-term needs of these orphans and vulnerable children.
The well-built new homes will certainly improve their living conditions and reduce their vulnerability, but what the communities also need is a long-term strategy for becoming self-sufficient and developing the skills to allow them to thrive. His experience in Malawi has inspired Joe to research and investigate additional ways to help the families help themselves, so that the wide and welcoming smiles he encountered during his time there can live on long into the future.
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A volunteer remembers…
A Global Village volunteer who was out in Nepal at the time of the earthquake and has since been evacuated, tells her story.
"My phone thinks we are in Nepal. Time remains stubbornly at 10am while it is only a quarter to six in the Netherlands. If I want to check the weather on my phone, I only see the temperatures in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Dhawalari Zone, not in Amsterdam. Cloudy and 17 degrees. In Panauti, where we would have been building, there are lightning storms."
Read her full story here.
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Standard Chartered Fundraising Partnership
We are delighted that Standard Chartered are partnering with us to raise funds for our Nepal Appeal. Standard Chartered will match every dollar raised by their employees up to USD100,000 and all funds will help support Habitat for Humanity's long-term response of assisting affected communities in Nepal with housing solutions ranging from emergency shelter interventions to permanent home reconstruction.
The Garnett Foundation
We are delighted to announce our partnership with The Garnett Foundation. David and Julie Garnett’s Prime Ministers: Their Lives and Misdemeanours, is a fully-illustrated wry and entertaining account of the fortunes of every leader to have held office since 1721 – from Walpole to Cameron. All money raised will go to The Garnett Foundation - a new charity that supports projects designed to increase literacy and improve living conditions around the world. The Foundation is currently supporting Habitat for Humanity Great Britain and Adelante Africa, helping people in this country and overseas.
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Cyclone Pam struck Vanuatu leaving around 90% of buildings on the main island (Efate) and in the capital city Port-Vila damaged or destroyed. The President of Vanuatu has already said that the infrastructure of the country has been destroyed. Currently around 17,000 children are at risk of illness and disease with thousands of people now homeless.
Habitat for Humanity workers are heading to Vanuatu now to assess the devastation caused by this storm, and what Habitat can do to help. Our ability to respond effectively to this disaster depends on available resources.
Please give generously so that we can help children and families impacted by Cyclone Pam.
Bangkok, 7 December 2014 – Habitat for Humanity has launched an appeal to assist families affected by Typhoon Hagupit (called Ruby in the Philippines).
The storm made first landfall on Samar, an island in the Visayas, Philippines,
late in the evening of Saturday 6 December.
According to the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, more than 146,000 families were evacuated in six regions of the Philippines.
“Habitat for Humanity is sheltering evacuated families in Leyte, Cebu and
Surigao del Sur provinces of the Philippines.
Staff and materials are positioned and we will begin to support affected families to repair their homes.
"The more funds we raise, the more families we can help,” said Rick Hathaway, Habitat for Humanity
vice president for Asia-Pacific.
Habitat for Humanity is appealing for funds to assist families and help them rebuild their lives and gain access to decent shelter. Habitat staff are on the ground ready to assess the situation and coordinate with government agencies and other partners on the disaster response operations.
Typhoon Hagupit comes just 13 months after Typhoon Haiyan killed 6,300 people and damaged or destroyed more than one million homes, according to government figures. To date Habitat for Humanity Philippines has supported nearly 28,000 Haiyan-affected families with emergency shelter and shelter repair kits and begun construction of core houses at ten sites in Cebu and Leyte provinces.
Typhoon Hagupit is expected to continue moving across the Philippines.
We were delighted to cheer on ‘Team Habitat’ at the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 12 October.
Paul and Kerry Williams, Ben Grizzle, Alice Wingfield, Gill Barden, Colleen Cotter, Nick Watson and Jo Codling all completed the 13.1 mile run through Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’ Park and Green Park.
Heather Grizzle was part of the team but sadly had to pull out due to injury. Together, Team Habitat have already raised over £4,500 for Habitat for Humanity – thank you!
Habitat for Humanity GB’s most recent appeal reveals the needs of young women and families in Nepal. The aim is to invest in the future of girls like Sanjana and Anjona in Nepal who live in the most dismal conditions, in a mud hut along with most of the family’s livestock.
Update February 2014
Typhoon Haiyan struck the city of Tacloban on 8th November 2013 and left 90% of structures destroyed or damaged. The people of the Philippines are in shock and are surviving on a day-to-day basis. Our team has used their local knowledge and building expertise to help rebuild the Philippines.
25th May 2014
Our teams are in Bosnia and Serbia assessing damage and formulating our response.
14th October 2013
Hundreds of thousands of people urgently need our help following Cyclone Phailin which hit the east coast of India on Saturday.
24th September 2013
Habitat for Humanity will hold a Grand Prize Draw, as charity partner, at the National Home Improvement Show which will be held at Olympia on 27th-29th September. Prizes include a high quality memory foam mattress from Study Bed, a Chesterfield armchair from Portabello Interiors, various subscriptions and lots more, all generously donated by exhibitors.
4th September 2013
Habitat for Humanity is proud to be the official charity partner of the 2013 National Home Improvement Show. Taking place between 27th and 29th September at London Olympia, the National Home Improvement Show will bring an array of master classes and seminars designed to help you improve your home. Habitat for Humanity is offering the chance to win free tickets to the event for you and a friend.
26th July 2013
Three teachers and a Real Tennis Pro are leaving from Cluj-Napoca in Romania on Tuesday 30th July for a 1600 mile cycle tour, arriving in Hyde Park, London on Wednesday 21st August.
3rd July 2013
From 5th -7th July 2013, 76 people camped out in a Peak District shantytown as they helped raise money to fight international poverty. The fifteen teams from companies around the UK took part in international development charity Habitat for Humanity’s HOPE Challenge event near Edale in the Peak District.
3rd July 2013
This weekend international development charity Habitat for Humanity is announcing its new Scout badge challenge at Oxfordshire’s County Scout Camp, OneWorld2013. Over 4,200 Scouts will have the chance to learn about poverty, and discover how they can make a difference.
25th June 2013
Over 70 people from companies across the UK are camping out in a Peak District ‘shantytown’ from 5th-7th July 2013, as they help families in the developing world to fight poverty.
12th June 2013
Richard Conroy, of Conroy Brooks, successfully completed the recent Sheffield Half Marathon.
6th June 2013
Habitat for Humanity begins a new project here in Great Britain, converting the Friends Meeting House of the West Kent Quakers into 'move-on' accommodation for vulnerable young people, with the help of the West Kent YMCA.
5th June 2013
For the Dad who already has enough screwdrivers and ties, international development charity Habitat for Humanity has an alternative gift list for Father’s Day this year.
16th May 2013
Boutique private house builder Charlcombe Homes Ltd has become the latest company to join the Habitat for Humanity / Home Builders Federation ‘HOPE Builders’ campaign. From this April, for every house that Bath-based Charlcombe Homes completes, they will donate enough to Habitat for Humanity for the construction of one safe, decent home in the developing world.
7th May 2013
Today international development charity Habitat for Humanity is calling for urgent support to improve the living conditions of children and families around the world and save thousands of lives.
25th April 2013
Raquel Rolnik, UN Special Rapporteur for Adequate Housing, said in a video message to the delegates of the second Housing Forum for Europe & Central Asia a paradigm shift is needed from the belief that the market can solve all housing problems. She emphasised as the ongoing crisis since 2008 demonstrates, we need to redefine the responsibility of states in providing social services, including housing.
22nd April 2013
Five international development organisations today open the second Europe and Central Asia Housing Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. The Forum will look at ways to address housing problems, develop affordable housing solutions for the poor on national and regional levels and bring together businesses and the public sector. It will also support the regional roll out of the UN Global Housing Strategy.
Kampala, Uganda, 5th April, 2013 — Habitat for Humanity and The MasterCard Foundation today announced the Uganda launch of a five-year partnership to expand existing financial institutions’ microfinance services, to allow low-income families in three African countries to improve and maintain their homes.
3rd April 2013
International development charity Habitat for Humanity this week announced a new partnership with University College London to research market-based approaches to urban housing reconstruction after disasters.
Rebuilding Japan: two years on
8th March 2013
After the 11th March 2011 disaster, Habitat for Humanity’s efforts focused on providing and supporting volunteers to clear mud and debris from homes, community buildings and communal areas, such as parks and drainage canals.
7th March 2013
This mother’s day, Habitat for Humanity needs your help to honour the mothers (or those who take the mother’s role) around the world who overcome huge challenges to do the best for their families; who work so hard to build a better home and a better future.
25th February 2013
Last week at the UK’s Shelter Forum, international development charity Habitat for Humanity launched its disaster response catalogue which reviews the last 14 years of disaster recovery work.
12th February 2013
In October 2012 two married couples volunteered together to spend a week in Nepal building a family out of poverty, with Christian international development charity Habitat for Humanity. This February, the charity wants more people to ‘share the love’!
11th January 2013
Three years after the earthquake in Haiti, Habitat for Humanity’s recovery programme has benefited more than 50,000 families through emergency, transitional and permanent housing solutions. Read more.
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