Australians who visit or volunteer in orphanages overseas are at risk of being ripped-off and are fuelling a thriving new industry that is exploiting children.
Thirty-five year old Sakuntala lives with her son Prajwol, aged 4. Her husband left her after just five months of marriage and has not returned since. Her neighbours supported her during her pregnancy and delivery in the absence of her husband.
Markita and her family lost their home and their fishing boat in Typhoon Haiyan. Markita is one of the 47,000 people who live in Guiuan, a city bordered by water on three sides. It was in Guiuan that the Typhoon first made landfall.
Habitat for Humanity will be working with six villages in Myanmar: Kyauk Yae Twin in Kyaikhto Township, Phar Pain, Ma Cha and Win Phone villages in Thaton Township and Mar Lar Poo and Thet Kel Kyin villages in Bilin Township. In a recent exploratory trip, villagers shared stories of the conditions in Mon State.
Asia is facing a shelter crisis as its population continues to grow with 500 million people already living in slums. That figure is set to grow to a staggering 840 million people by the end of the decade, according to Habitat for Humanity Australia.
When Sarada was 19 she married a local carpenter. It was a happy union and Sarada and her husband had three daughters. Sadly, three years ago Sarada’s husband got blood poisoning from an accident at work. After a long battle with illness, he passed away.
The first permanent houses have been built in Tacloban City, proof that corporate and private aid works. Australian-funded houses are among the very first permanent houses to be completed, seven months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines.