Usi and her 11-year-old daughter live in the temporary settlement in Bitung, Indonesia. Usi’s home is extremely small. There are just two rooms – one shared by Usi and her daughter, the other by Usi’s parents. It’s cramped, crowded and noisy, which makes it difficult for her daughter to study.
Author: Martin Thomas, Habitat for Humanity Australia CEO The Federal Government has been criticised for its deep cuts to the foreign aid budget. Yet there is one aspect of the program’s overhaul that should be lauded and which could significantly increase the scale and impact Australia has in the Asia Pacific region.
Chen is a 47-year-old farmer who lives in Kortrackeut village in the Angkor Chum district with his wife Som Pohn and their 15-year-old daughter who goes to the local high school. He was a solider and lost his right leg to a landmine blast in the war decades ago.
Australian companies could play a key role in tackling a critical housing crisis across Asia, according to Habitat for Humanity Australia.
At Habitat for Humanity, we’re excited to announce that TV personalities Adam and Lisa are joining our Global Village Everest Build in November!
Chandra-Kala is thirty-one years old and lives with her daughter and two sons. Her husband has been working as a labourer in Malaysia for the past 4 years.
Sunita, her husband Arman and their four-year-old daughter Anika live in the Millat Camp in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. Like every family in the slum, they live in a cramped and flimsy one-room shack, with no toilet or running water.
Ngoc Hoa, 41, and her husband Muoi, 44 live in Que An commune, Quang Nam Province, with their four children. Ngoc Hoa and Muoi together earn roughly $70 US a month. For 28 years, the family lived in their 36 square metre house.
Man Maya is 45 years old and lives in Sunsari, Nepal. She has two sons, aged 16 and 14 and one daughter, aged 18. Maya was left widowed a few years ago and with little skills and almost no education she was left almost destitute.
The plight of those struggling to afford rental accommodation is leading to ever greater demand for social housing. Alternative financing arrangements such as group collateral, used in some of the poorest countries in our region, may be something we can learn from.