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International Day of Families

Naresh (far right) and Heema (far left) with his father Kisan and their daughters Karuna (second from right) and Simraj. They rebuilt their home with Habitat Nepal after the 2017 floods in Nepalgunj, Banke district. “The floods come every year but the last flood took everything. This house is flood-resistant, so we feel secure. This house is safe, so now we can stay in our own house even when it rains and we don’t have to worry about losing everything again.” Photo: Habitat for Humanity International/Jason Asteros.

Pich (left) and her husband Chiep worked together with volunteers on their house during the 2019 Cambodia Big Build in Siem Reap province. “We want our kids to have a better life than us. With the money that we earn, we will try to save it for our kids and send them to school until they can find a proper job that they like for their future,” said Chiep. Photo: Habitat for Humanity Cambodia/Soung Bunna.

Despite having lupus, Orapin (right) has been taking care of her grandfather (left) for the past decade. Together with Orapin’s husband and her son, they live in a house that they built with Habitat volunteers in Chiang Mai, Thailand. After moving in in July 2019, their life is more secure and comfortable compared to their termite-infested old house on stilts. She said: “I don’t have to walk up and down stairs any more. We can sleep well.” Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Singapore.

“I was so happy to hear Prangon call me ‘mama’ for the first time. It was the first word he uttered here at home,” said Kamona, pictured with her son. Prangon is now 17 and fast friends with his next-door neighbor Dipu. While his buddy wants to expand his family home, Prangon simply wishes: “Our children will also grow up together as friends.” Photo: Habitat for Humanity International/Ritwik Sawant.

Sopo, with her daughter Channah, in their home in Hamilton city in New Zealand’s North Island. Sopo and Andrew partnered with Habitat New Zealand to make home repairs under A Brush With Kindness. They were able to install floor insulation and rewire their house, making it healthier and safer for their two children. “Habitat has always been there to help,” said Sopo. Photo courtesy of Habitat New Zealand.

Jema used to fear stepping out with her daughter Isla due to crime and violence in their residential building. In mid-2019, she and Romel received the keys to their own house in Yea town in Australia’s Victoria state. Jema said: “This is her (Isla) family home. It’s really important that she can have that. I want to be able to give her that opportunity.” Photo: screenshot taken from the video of the house handover.

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Naresh (far right) and Heema (far left) with his father Kisan and their daughters Karuna (second from right) and Simraj. They rebuilt their home with Habitat Nepal after the 2017 floods in Nepalgunj, Banke district. “The floods come every year but the last flood took everything. This house is flood-resistant, so we feel secure. This house is safe, so now we can stay in our own house even when it rains and we don’t have to worry about losing everything again.” Photo: Habitat for Humanity International/Jason Asteros.

Pich (left) and her husband Chiep worked together with volunteers on their house during the 2019 Cambodia Big Build in Siem Reap province. “We want our kids to have a better life than us. With the money that we earn, we will try to save it for our kids and send them to school until they can find a proper job that they like for their future,” said Chiep. Photo: Habitat for Humanity Cambodia/Soung Bunna.

Despite having lupus, Orapin (right) has been taking care of her grandfather (left) for the past decade. Together with Orapin’s husband and her son, they live in a house that they built with Habitat volunteers in Chiang Mai, Thailand. After moving in in July 2019, their life is more secure and comfortable compared to their termite-infested old house on stilts. She said: “I don’t have to walk up and down stairs any more. We can sleep well.” Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Singapore.

“I was so happy to hear Prangon call me ‘mama’ for the first time. It was the first word he uttered here at home,” said Kamona, pictured with her son. Prangon is now 17 and fast friends with his next-door neighbor Dipu. While his buddy wants to expand his family home, Prangon simply wishes: “Our children will also grow up together as friends.” Photo: Habitat for Humanity International/Ritwik Sawant.

Sopo, with her daughter Channah, in their home in Hamilton city in New Zealand’s North Island. Sopo and Andrew partnered with Habitat New Zealand to make home repairs under A Brush With Kindness. They were able to install floor insulation and rewire their house, making it healthier and safer for their two children. “Habitat has always been there to help,” said Sopo. Photo courtesy of Habitat New Zealand.

Jema used to fear stepping out with her daughter Isla due to crime and violence in their residential building. In mid-2019, she and Romel received the keys to their own house in Yea town in Australia’s Victoria state. Jema said: “This is her (Isla) family home. It’s really important that she can have that. I want to be able to give her that opportunity.” Photo: screenshot taken from the video of the house handover.

News and stories

Ties that bind

Buddies Prangon and Dipu, who grew up in Habitat homes in Bangladesh, hope their children will continue the friendship.

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Embracing self-reliance

Shirin is actively creating a better life for her family by rearing goats and tending to her fruit garden. “Even at home, I can do some work and raise my family.”

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Counting her blessings

Meet Olivia Wong, long-time volunteer and newest member of Habitat for Humanity International’s board. She shares her views about leadership, volunteerism, faith and more.

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Finding strength in decent housing

Shashika and Nimasha were both in their teens when the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami hit Sri Lanka. Now mothers, they appreciate having a secure home to bring up their own children.

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Rebuilding life after loss

Having lost family members over the years, all Samala and her son Aminul have is each other. Having their own home also strengthens their bond.

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Home safe home

Morsheda was relieved to move into a new house before her daughter was born. When her husband Babar has to be away for work, he is assured his family is safe at home.

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Together we build

Be it families, volunteers or skilled workers, everyone contributed to the 2019 Cambodia Big Build in Siem Reap to create a brighter future.

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Ernalyn's confidence

A homeowner from the 1999 Carter Work Project in the Philippines shares why she is unfazed during extreme weather and how her family has built resilience.

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Home is life

Homeowners from the 2009 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Chiang Mai, Thailand, share how strong and stable homes have helped to build a warm and caring community.

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In my parents' footsteps

Biddut, who grew up in a Habitat home in Bangladesh, credits his parents for inspiring him to work hard and take over their home-based business. 

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Peer advantage

Microfinance institutions’ leaders share about what they have gained from the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum

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#HabitatYLB turns 8

April 13, 2019

In its eighth year, the Habitat Young Leaders Build campaign continues to transform lives and communities through thousands of youth supporters.

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#HabitatYLB on a roll

Youth supporters are ramping up their efforts with less than a month to the peak of Habitat for Humanity’s largest youth campaign. Check out what we’re up to.

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Asia and Pacific Builds 2019

March 07, 2019

Key initiatives under the Habitat Young Leaders Build campaign, the builds in Myanmar and Fiji draw the support of more than 70 youth volunteers altogether.

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Generous Joan

Joan serves from her heart and her dedication has benefited her family and other homeowners at a 1999 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project community in the Philippines.

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Foot on the Accelerator

Meet the first cohort of startups under the ShelterTech Accelerator program launched by Habitat’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter in collaboration with CIIE. 

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Joyous

More than 890 volunteers have built homes with 137 families through the Legacy Builds that mark Habitat’s 35 years of working in the Asia-Pacific region.  

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Record year

November 23, 2018

Habitat marks 35 years of building and improving homes in Asia-Pacific by helping 4.8 million people in 2018.

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Strengthening housing markets

Habitat’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter supports local firms in India and Philippines to meet low-income families’ affordable housing needs.

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Portrait of a transformed community

April 30, 2019

In the Philippines, a local youth organization uses art to tell the story of a community’s transformation. Their effort is part of an advocacy grant under the Habitat Young Leaders Build, now in its eighth year.

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