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what we do overseas

we do more than just build houses


We work in partnership with communities across the Asia-Pacific region, and the world, to address housing poverty and to support integrated community development. Our international program is designed to address multi-dimensional aspects of poverty and recognises the key role adequate housing plays in sustainable development.

Theory of change/ development approach

We work in partnership with communities across the Asia Pacific region to address housing and to support integrated community development. Our strategic focus is to transform lives by tackling housing inequality in an increasingly urbanised world. We achieve this by building impact.

Building community impact

Directly linking families and communities to financial support mechanisms, secure tenure and safe housing products and services, including access to basic services such as water, sanitation, waste management and electricity.

Building sector impact

Supporting the development of national housing markets, including finance, construction materials and labour, and advocating to governments for policy and system change which support communities to access decent housing at scale.

Our strategic plan for international programs

  • Building community resilience and climate change adaption and mitigation in vulnerable communities to respond to climate change impacts.

  • Focusing on livelihood training, especially for women and girls to align with the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Increase our presence in the Pacific and deepen our impact across the region

Our work

Housing and climate resilience

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Humanitarian disaster response

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Advocacy and influence

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Water, sanitation and hygiene

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Gender equity, disability and social inclusion

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every program supports vulnerable communities in Asia and the Pacific​

an overview of our work


Preparing communities for natural disasters and improving the safety of homes and schools. Building community evacuation centres and addressing waste management needs.


Improving shelter security, access to clean water and health care services for the elderly and disabled. Microfinance loans to kick start small businesses.


Providing technical support to ensure homes meet construction standards and can withstand disasters. Community led disaster planning. Microfinance, livelihood and skill development training.


Swimming lessons to prepare children for seasonal monsoon floods. Safer water facilities, drilled wells, toilets, piped water infrastructure as well as waste management training. Disaster training and housing repairs.


Home, toilet and water tank construction. Community training in hygiene and safe water practices. Climate smart housing techniques and disaster resilient technology
every program supports

our sustainable development goals

Habitat for Humanity Australia is committed to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals throughout our programs. Housing is a driver, catalyst and contributor for the following five SDG goals:



No Poverty Adequate housing builds resilience and reduces vulnerability to economic, social, and climate-related shocks and disasters.


Gender Equality Equal access to housing protects women from discriminatory policies and practices related to land distribution, titling and inheritance.


Clean Water and Sanitation Access to clean water and sanitation are integral to safe, healthy, adequate housing.


Affordable and Clean Energy Housing systems that are energy-efficient and that use affordable, clean, energy save costs and reduces air pollution and the effects of climate change.


Sustainable Cities and Communities Access to affordable, adequate, safe, and inclusive housing and basic services increases resilience.


Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Our Impact Stories

Stories from overseas

image is taken from a birds eye perspective. A woman sits on the floor surrounded by bowls.
Meet Sahana: Building Resilience and Community in the Heart of Dhaka 
In the heart of northwest Dhaka, lies Duaripara, one of the largest informal settlements in the region. Here, amidst the maze of narrow alleys and tightly packed homes, a remarkable story of resilience…
Unlocking the Power of Corporate Volunteering Overseas: Building Homes in Partnership with Families in Need 
In recent years, corporate volunteering has emerged as a powerful tool for both social impact and employee engagement. One particularly impactful form of corporate volunteering is participating in overseas projects like our Global…
Meet Mrs Thuan
Life has not been kind to Mrs Thuan and her family. She lives in a degraded house in a southern Vietnamese province called Dong Thap, with her two children. Her husband suffered a…
Join our Global Village and Travel with Impact this year!
Impact travel is revolutionising the way we see the world and ourselves within it. Unlike traditional tourism, which often skirts around the edges of local communities, impact travel plunges you straight into the…
International Women’s Day Global Village, Q&A with a volunteer!
Deb recently joined Habitat for Humanity Australia on a Global Village in Siem Reap, Cambodia, for International Women's Day! Deb was one of 38 volunteers who fundraised and built four safe and secure…
Resilient Housing, WASH and Education: Here’s what we’ve been up to in Cambodia.
Habitat for Humanity Australia has been making significant strides in our international programs, particularly through our initiatives in Battambang Province, Cambodia. The program, aimed at empowering vulnerable communities to recover from disasters, climate…

Want to make a real difference in the world?

Global Village is the answer. Join us in our short-term international volunteer program to build and improve homes and futures for vulnerable communities overseas.

Habitat for Humanity Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the country on which we work, the peoples of the Eora Nation, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water, and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waters of Australia. 

We are endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient with charity status. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Habitat for Humanity is accredited by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), responsible for managing the Australian Government’s development program. Habitat for Humanity Australia receives support through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

Habitat For Humanity Australia ABN: 29 131 976 004
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