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.
When Habitat for Humanity Australia Ambassador, Angela Catterns, first met Njor, it was in the slums of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Njor lived with her children and elderly father in the only place she could afford: a small, poorly built shack.
Isabel is a retired school teacher and shares a home with her son and his family in Guiuan.
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.