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ABOUT HABITAT
Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller who developed the concept of ‘partnership housing’ that centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses. Homes were built and sold to families in need at no profit and no interest - and the basic model of Habitat for Humanity was established.

The Fullers decided to apply the ‘Fund for Humanity’ concept in developing countries. Thus, Habitat for Humanity International as an organization was born. In 1984, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn took their first Habitat work trip, the Jimmy Carter Work Project, to New York City. Their personal involvement in Habitat's work brought the organization national visibility and sparked interest in Habitat's work around the world.

Today, Habitat for Humanity has built more than 500,000 houses across 80 countries, sheltering 2.5 million people worldwide.

Habitat India began operations in 1983 in Khammam, Andhra Pradesh. It is among Habitat's largest programmes in the Asia-Pacific region. After the Jimmy Carter Work Project in 2006 - where one hundred homes were built by more than 3,000 volunteers, including celebrities like Brad Pitt, Steve Waugh and John Abraham, during a five-day blitz build in  Lonavala - Habitat India launched the IndiaBUILDS - A World of Hope Campaign to support 100,000 families to live in safe and decent homes by 2015.

Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with local, grassroots, non-government organizations, and micro finance institutions throughout India to provide decent housing. Habitat India operates through its resource centers known as Habitat Resource Centers (HRC's) in Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi and Mumbai. Till date, Habitat has served over 45,000 families across 17 states in India.


WHY HOUSING?
Housing crisis in India

India faced a housing shortage of 74 million housing units by the end of 2011, according to the National Housing Bank. The majority of the housing shortfall is in rural areas. One in every five rural dweller lives in a kutcha home made of mud, thatch, grass or other non-lasting natural materials. In urban areas, the poor live under bridges, on pavements, train tracks, highways, canals as well as in crowded slums.

Housing must become a priority

The percentage of people without access to decent, stable housing is rising
Increasing the housing supply across the globe is essential
Adequate housing is vital to the health of the world's economies, communities, and populations
If we are to succeed in the fight against poverty, we must support the expansion of housing both as policy and practice


Housing as a catalyst
Research has shown that one's health is directly linked to housing and housing-related basics such as water and sanitation. Researchers at the World Bank found that replacing dirt floors with concrete floors improved the health of children, facilitating a 20 percent reduction in parasitic infections, a 13 percent reduction in diarrhea and a 20 percent reduction in anemia. Housing provides:

Stability for families and children
A sense of dignity and pride
Health, physical safety, and security
An increase in educational and job prospects
Prevention of poverty induced diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and diarrhea
An increase in access to credit through the provision of interest-free loans
Safe homes and neighborhoods that in turn help to build social stability and security


HOW HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INDIA WORKS
Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with local, grassroots non-government organizations, microfinance institutions and other partners throughout India to provide decent housing. Home partners contribute their own labor, or sweat equity, construction materials and repay toward the cost of building their homes. Regular repayments go into a Fund for Humanity which helps Habitat to build more homes. Habitat uses a Save & Build housing microfinance concept in India in order to reach more communities in need. Home partner families usually form groups – often led by women – to save about part of the cost of each house while Habitat, non-governmental organizations or corporate partners invest the remaining portion of the amount.

Habitat houses in India range in size from 20 sq. m. to 33.5 sq. m. Each house usually comprises a living room, kitchen and toilet. Houses constructed under the post-tsunami reconstruction program are earthquake-resistant and feature stairs to the roof to aid evacuation in the event of floods. To extend the reach of its programs, HFH India operates Resource Centres in Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai and the capital, New Delhi.


HABITAT OUTREACH
Habitat India engages in the following construction related activities:
1. Construction of a new house
2. Rehabilitation of houses: Restoration of a dwelling that once met the required housing standards
3. Incremental constructions: A construction intervention that addresses a build in stages
4. Home repairs: Repairs include patching, restoration or minor replacement of materials and building components for keeping the house in good or sound conditions
5. Home improvements: To reduce the vulnerability of the family in the areas of health or safety. The improvement is permanently attached to the dwelling or property

Habitat for Humanity International fact sheet (frequently asked questions)

What is Habitat for Humanity International?
A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that has helped to build over 500,000 decent, affordable houses and served 2.5 million people worldwide.
Our vision: a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda.


How does it work?
Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner partner families. In addition to zero-interest loan repayments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ repayment of home loans are used to build still more Habitat houses.

How are partner families selected?

Families in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates.
The affiliate’s family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan.
Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection.
Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.


What are Habitat affiliates?
Community-level Habitat for Humanity offices that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International. Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area.

Where does Habitat for Humanity operate?
Worldwide. Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia and our administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

How are donations distributed and used?

As designated by the donor.
Gifts designated to a specific affiliate or building project are forwarded to that affiliate or project.
Un-designated gifts are used where most needed and for administrative expenses.
Habitat’s most recent audited financial statement is available online.


Who controls and manages Habitat for Humanity International?

An ecumenical, international board of directors.
Board members are dedicated volunteers who are deeply concerned about the problems of poverty housing around the world.
The Habitat headquarters are operated by an administrative staff, professional and support employees, and volunteers.


How does Habitat work with the government?

We ask legislators and housing regulators to increase support for affordable home ownership and eliminate poverty housing
We monitor public policies related to housing, community and international development.
We advocate policy choices that increase access to decent, affordable housing for people around the world.
We accept government funds as long as they have no conditions that would violate Habitat’s principles or limit its ability to proclaim its Christian identity.

 

15 Comments

Anonymous , Donated 500.00 INR , 3 days ago
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A worthy cause!

Ajay Anand Sharma , Donated 500.00 INR , 6 days ago
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Keep it up!

Anonymous , Donated 500.00 INR , 6 days ago
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Every Little Bit Helps

Sunil Gupta , Donated 2,500.00 INR , 14 days ago
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I'm all behind you Roseline, Keep the good work up!!

Anonymous , Donated 1,000.00 INR , 26/02/14 at 12:05 PM
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Cheer up Brother, we are all with you as you are working for a worthy cause.
Love your Buddys

Akshay Mani Aggarwal , Donated 200.00 INR , 01/02/14 at 8:13 PM
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Russa Mehta , Donated 20,000.00 INR , 30/01/14 at 8:42 PM
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Let's do our part!

Alex Raul, Volunteered, 05/01/14 at 12:12 PM
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I would like to be a physical volunteer, please Contact me at 09945916176

Anonymous , Donated 1,000.00 INR , 12/12/13 at 1:06 AM
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Keep it up!

Sunitha Elizabeth Thomas, Volunteered, 28/11/13 at 2:36 AM
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A worthy cause!

M Khairul , Donated 50.00 INR , 18/11/13 at 3:03 PM
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A worthy cause!

Beryl Jay Aliligay Huqueriza, Volunteered, 15/11/13 at 1:25 AM
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Keep it up! I hope I can take part in volunteering there soon. Thank you

Nabin Kumar Gupta , Donated 5,000.00 INR , 11/11/13 at 6:18 PM
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Good luck!

Anthony Thomas , Donated 5.00 INR , 07/11/13 at 6:38 PM
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