Habitat for Humanity Ghana
Habitat's work in Ghana
Habitat for Humanity Ghana
Habitat for Humanity seeks to become a lead organization in the provision of housing solutions in Ghana to enable every Ghanaian have decent, safe and affordable house.
The housing need in Ghana
The population and the housing situation in Ghana is so alarming that the need for housing assistance cannot be over emphasized. Housing deficit is in excess of 1.2 million (Stated by the Government of Ghana). Ghana needs 85,000 housing units annually (Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing).
The over-crowded compound housing, homelessness and casualties as a result of rainstorms do not spare inhabitants of the rural communities. Meanwhile most of the existing houses were built long ago which have never been renovated. Besides there are is an average of ten (10) to twelve (12) rooms in a house (family house) and between ten (10) and sometimes even twenty (20) persons sharing a room. Most of the rooms have poor or no ventilation and the walls are cracked, allowing dangerous insects to creep in during rainy nights.
The open arenas of the houses provide places for kitchen, the women cook under the sun. Most of these houses lack basic amenities like toilets or bath houses. Sometimes there is no electricity and water and women have to walk long distances to get water.
Bathrooms are usually wooden structures erected outside the house (to the armpit or shoulder level) and a piece of cloth used as screens during bathing. On the other hand, the children use the backyard of houses as a place of convenience, because they are too young to use the public pit latrine. The women have the additional duty of cleaning the backyard every morning to sweep these human wastes. These are some of the contributing factors to cholera and other health hazards.
How Habitat addresses the need in Ghana
HFH Ghana´s programs currently focus on Housing Microfinance with Housing Support Services; advocating for change in government housing policies and systems to positively impact the poor; and building the capacity of artisans at the district and community level to deliver quality houses through a Housing Resource Center.
Here are some examples of Habitat projects in Ghana:
- Rural Housing
HFH Ghana works on renovation/repairs of existing houses and construction of new houses. Home repairs or renovations include but are not limited to the provision of a utility block or sanitary sewer system, roofing, addition of rooms, etc. Families work with Habitat Staff to develop individual plans to ensure the proposed plans meet their needs and fit within their budget. For new construction, the typical HFH Ghana houses consist of 2 rooms, kitchen, bathroom, and toilet.
- Housing microfinance
Currently HFHG is shifting to wholesale Housing Micro Finance (HMF) as the major intervention for fulfilling its strategic mission. The HMF project will be implemented in partnership with selected Microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Ghana. HMF involves the provision of a loan to lowincome families/groups to either build or improve upon their houses. This strategy will ensure scale, sustainability and operational self-sufficiency, allowing Habitat Ghana to deliver on its mission effectively and efficiently.
Meet a Habitat family
Solomon Adjei and his wife Susana have lived in a mud house of one room (a rented apartment), and had to manage an open bathroom outside in the bush, including a shed-like kitchen and a wooden-mud structure for a toilet facility for six years. Because of the deplorable situation in their former home and because she was expecting a baby, Susana had to relocate to Sunyani region. Solomon visited his pregnant wife every weekend.
The family´s living situation improved tremendously with a new Habitat home. The house now has two rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a toilet facility and is situated in a clean environment. Source of portable water is just a few meters from his house. Solomon thanks Habitat Ghana and adds: “This is now a safe haven for me and my family.”
What you can do
You can help Ghanian families improve their living conditions by taking one or more of the following actions:
Go to habitat.org/donate and designate your gift to Habitat Ghana.
Join one of the scheduled Global Village trips to Europe, Middle East and Africa or lead your own. For more information go to: habitat.org/gv
Establish a strong and rewarding tithe partnership to help build houses globally! Quote 863000, GHANA on your checks sent to: Habitat for Humanity International, Attn: Affiliate Tithe, 121 Habitat St. Americus, GA 31709
To learn more about Habitat projects in Armenia or in other parts of the region, please contact us.
Habitat for Humanity Ghana
Habitat for Humanity Europe, Middle East and Africa
Colleen Hughes, Program Manager
Main country facts: Became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence (1957)
Population: 25.7 million
Urbanization: 51.9 percent live in cities
Life expectancy: 65 years
Unemployment rate: 11 percent
Population living below poverty line: 28.5 percent
Find more country facts on:
CIA The World Factbook – Ghana
When the program started: 1987
Families served: More than 7,500
Housing Solutions: Rural housing - new homes, repairs and renovation of houses, Housing microfinance with Housing Support Services