Rapid urbanisation and the high cost of land and building materials means low-income families often lack the resources to build safe homes.
As a result, many live in inadequate housing, characterised by a lack of access to basic services and utilities such as water, sanitation and electricity. Insecure land tenure, the threat of forced eviction, overcrowding and building inadequacies such as lack of light, ventilation and durability, are also common features of substandard housing.
Providing access to safe and decent housing is a pivotal part of Habitat for Humanity Australia’s work. Rebuilding and repairing inadequate housing provides families with the opportunities they need to overcome the circumstances that allow poverty to fester.
A home is a stabilising force for a family and is truly transformative when it comes to health, education, opportunity and economic security. For around AUD$3,000, we can build a house for an entire family in the Asia Pacific.
Where we work
In Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang, we work with vulnerable families including those living with HIV/AIDS, the elderly, people with disability and child-headed households, to build safe homes and improve access to water and sanitation.
A disaster resilient home building program is currently in progress, assisting families devastated by the 2015 earthquakes. We are also working with communities in Eastern Nepal to improve their housing to withstand future disasters.
We are working in several communities across the Central and Southern provinces of Vietnam to build safe houses, provide disaster preparedness training and improve access to water and sanitation.
Meet a partner family
Morn previously used to live in a slum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia but struggled to pay the expensive rent demanded by the slumlords. To make ends meet, she had to take a job in the city and leave her daughter at home under the care of her neighbours.
With the help of Habitat for Humanity, Morn has been able to build a safe, new home, where she and her daughter can live together without the worry of how to pay for next month’s rent.
Home is where the start is
At Habitat for Humanity Australia, we believe a stable, secure home creates the foundation for change. Your support is critical to ensuring every family has a safe place to call home.