|As 2017 draws to a close, we look back at some incredible transformations in our partner countries around the Asia Pacific.
Your support has enabled Habitat to continue empowering families by giving them a hand-up through the provision of safe and decent housing.
Maya was one of 188 households impacted through safe and decent homes through our Ghorahi Community Development Project, completed earlier in March this year. The project provided support for marginalised households living in poor housing. Read Maya’s story here.
The old, dilapidated home of her parents could not accommodate Mrs Khuong’s family so they built a temporary shelter next to the main house where she and her two children lived. Their makeshift shelter, as well as her parent’s home was unable to provide the family protection from the severe weather conditions common to the disaster-prone region. When it rained, water poured in through the gaping holes in the roof and flooded the home. Read Mrs Khuong’s story here.
In Fiji, Habitat for Humanity is working in a remote community, Tavuya in the Province of Rewa. Fiji is one of the most at-risk countries when it comes to natural disasters. Tavuya alone typically sees a cyclone once a year and flooding every five years – the severity of which is predicted to increase as a result of climate change. With the help of Habitat supporters and Communities for Communities, we have begun a safe shelter awareness program. Read Kelesi’s story here.
This year saw the completion of our seven year Bitung Resettlement Project in Indonesia, re-housing 351 families who were displaced by conflict in Indonesia’s North Maluku region between 1999-2000. Almost seven years after the project began, 351 secure houses have been constructed with hygienic toilets, a running water supply, electricity and room to expand. Read the story here.
Houet’s family of five resided in a small house that was built using pieces of wood, zinc sheets and palm leaves. The fragile structure meant frequently needed to be repaired and was unable to adequately protect the family from the elements. The high cost of building materials means that for poor families like Hoeut’s, there is often little choice but to construct homes with cheaper materials that are not durable. Read Houet’s story here
These are only some examples of how your support has changed the lives of families in need. We believe building a decent home provides much more than bricks and mortar – it provides real hope for the future.
Your continued support will help us continue to impact more families in the years to come.
From the Habitat family to yours, we wish you a Merry Christmas!