Don’t just see the world, help build a better world! Habitat’s Faith Build is your chance to put your faith into action and volunteer time and skills to help build a family’s new home in Fiji. Working alongside other church groups, you’ll be amazed at what can be achieved in just one week when we come together and combine our efforts. As well as forming new friendships and lasting memories, you’ll give one family the gift of a new home and a brighter future.
Heavy flooding and cyclones over the past few years have had a considerable impact on Fiji. This project in Nadi will assist families living in informal settlements who have been displaced by natural disasters, by constructing cyclone-proof transitional shelters. Made from timber frames and corrugated iron, these houses will be strong enough to withstand future storms and provide adequate shelter. They are built in flood-safe locations, or raised off the ground to protect from high waters.
Since Habitat for Humanity began working in Fiji in 1981, over 1,000 families on the island have been served. Habitat for Humanity Fiji not only builds much-needed homes, but also helps in disaster response and prevention, provides water and sanitation facilities to help improve health, and works on projects to enable people with disabilities.
The number of people in Fiji living in substandard housing is on the rise, and already stands at 140,000. Over the next 15 years, there is an expected need of more than 30,000 new homes. Poverty continues to be a problem in Fiji. While official statistics estimate that 31% of people live in poverty, the local social services council are under the impression that 60% would be a more accurate statistic.
As housing prices are too high for many, families have no choice but to live in accommodation without running water, sanitation facilities, rubbish disposal facilities or electricity. Habitat for Humanity Fiji allows families to take out loans that are minor and do not create a burden of debt upon the family, but allow them to obtain a home that they would alternatively have no method of acquiring. Families play a part in building their new homes for themselves to drive down costs, and their loan repayments are then used to build homes for other families in need.
Meet your team in Nadi and get to know each other over a welcome dinner
Discover the local sights with your team
Meet your partner family and the Habitat build staff who will complete your safety orientation for the first day of building
Full days of building with your teammates
Final day of building, hand over ceremony and dedication of the new home to our partner family
Depart for home or further adventures – many of our volunteers combine a build with travel to other overseas destinations
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