Habitat for Humanity has projects in over 70 countries. Habitat for Humanity Great Britain works with other national offices to eliminate housing poverty and homelessness from the face of the earth. We share a common vision of a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live.
Housing has a catalytic impact on the many areas of international development. These include:
- Income generation - The poor often use their home for income generation, such as home cooking for sale, collecting and sorting cloth, sewing, etc.
- Education - A room that is quiet and well lit enables students to do homework and improves educational prospects.
- Personal safety - A home that can be secured protects vulnerable adolescents, and also enables adults to leave their home unoccupied while they go out to work.
- Health - Unplastered walls can harbour virus-carrying insects like the triatomine bug in South America. Safe water and hygienic toilets have a tremendous impact in reducing the risk of waterborne diseases and dysentery.
When we make a house a home we also strengthen family life and wellbeing. It becomes the place where people grow together, support each other, and laugh together.
Housing has a major role in achieiving the Millennium Development Goals.