Thursday, 11 December 2008

Habitat For Humanity

Habitat For Humanity was founded in 1976 and addresses the issue of substandard housing by building or renovating houses for those in need.

It does this with the help of homeowner families, through volunteer labour and donations of money and materials. HFH homes are sold to low-income families at no profit and are financed through affordable long-term loans; the mortgage payments, combined with donations, are used to build more homes around the world through the revolving fund.

In addition to these monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (“sweat equity”) into building their home and homes of others. Among other benefits, this reduces the cost of the homes, increases the pride of home ownership and builds communities.

Habitat For Humanity works in response to a major need that exists. About 1 billion people are living in inadequate housing in urban areas alone and about 100 million people worldwide are homeless.

There are now more than 3,000 Habitat affiliates in nearly 100 countries around the world. The local affiliate is a community group responsible for the day-to-day management of HFH’s work in the community from determining the building site to organizing local volunteers. This hands-on, grassroots approach to management gives communities new skills and leadership. These thousands of local affiliates or community groups are supported by national, regional and area offices which provide training, information resources and oversight.

To find out more, or if you wish to help the work of Habitat For Humanity, visit their website at http://www.habitat.org/

2 Comments:

asmaliana said...

All this year we are talking about habitat for endangered species. Now let us take same time to think about human race habitat. There are many are homeless even in big city. God make this world to all of us, still there are many can't live properly in it.

Anjali said...

Many homeless people in this world want to have one small home for their family, if all systems go properly then their dream will be come true......

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