Habitat for Humanity is an international, non-profit and non-governmental organization which seeks to serve families in need of decent housing.
In the Philippines, Habitat for Humanity has served more than 140,000 families, since its establishment in 1988. Habitat for Humanity Philippines aims to transform lives by building healthy and sustainable communities.
According to the National Housing Agency (2016), the Philippines has housing backlog of 5.5. million – that is 5.5 million Filipino families who do not live in a decent home.
DECENT HOUSING PROVIDES A WAY OUT OF POVERTY.
Globally, the demand for housing increases by an average of 20,000 dwellings per day. Due to this:
- Over 200 million people are using unsafe sources of drinking water
- 671 million are still using unhealthy sanitation facilities
- Up to 1.6 million people, mainly women and children, die each year because of indoor smoke inhalation from household cooking fires
- Almost 700,000 million people in the Asia-Pacific region lack access to electricity, lighting and communications
HOPE STARTS WITH A HOME.
Through building of decent homes, Habitat aims to achieve the following:
- Improve educational outcomes for children to prepare them for their future
- Generate employment through demand for building materials and labor
- Empower women to be more proactive in household and community sustainability projects
- Improves people’s livelihood as the home can be used as a base for small business
- Create a mentally and physically healthy environment for each family member, conducive for communal sustainability and individual productivity
*Information sourced from Habitat for Humanity’s Report, ‘Opening the door to improved lives: tackling inadequate housing in Asia-Pacific’, published in 2014. To read more, please visit: http://www.habitat.org/sites/default/files/attachments/opening_the_door_to_improved_lives_oct_2014.pdf