A Place We Can Call Home

As I carried on listing all the organizations who were doing great work and helping us on our journey towards sustainable development, I simply had to pay homage to an organization so close my heart for so many years that had helped mold me in this path – Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

What does having a home really mean? For me, this is what home is.

Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 and supported by its most devoted global volunteer-leader, former US President, Jimmy Carter. It is currently serving families in 70 countries world wide – working with volunteers and donors.

The United Nations forecasts that majority of the population would be living in cities that currently do not have adequate infrastructure required for booming populations. Among these, a big gap remains in having affordable and decent housing that matches the needs of the people, given that extreme poverty is still a challenge globally. Under Habitat for Humanity’s regular program, families undergo values formation and provide their own equity in building their homes through hours of volunteerism. Depending on the country program, Habitat families also pay for their homes, typically with zero interest or applied inflation rate for a long period of time.

Habitat for Humanity also helps build the resilience of the families by providing access to simple, decent and affordable housing especially after calamities. In certain cases, the homes are even provided for for free. They have responded to disasters in Haiti, Indonesia, Tsunami affected countries, hurricanes and tornadoes in the US, earthquakes in Bohol, Nepal, Chile, and during Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and other humanitarian emergency responses in places like Lebanon and other risk areas.

In the Philippines, Habitat for Humanity has been taking an active role in closing the gap in the country’s housing needs. As the country faces the Covid19 health crisis, the government issues the necessary Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) where citizens are asked to stay home. But what happens to many Filipinos who have no decent place to come home to?

Habitat for Humanity Philippines launched a Covid19 Response with Shoppee and Lazada.

Here are some of the Habitat for Humanity Philippines Project Sites.

To help a family, you can deposit through Habitat for Humanity Philippines Account Name: Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation Inc. | Bank Name: Bank of the Philippine Islands | Type of Account: Checking Account Number: 2421-0014-24. Please Don’t forget to send a scanned copy of your deposit slip to info@habitat.org.ph.

Photo Credits: Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat for Humanity Philippines

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