The Liu family in front of their Habitat home in Guangdong, southern China.

We are family

Habitat for Humanity began in the Asia-Pacific region by building homes in Khammam district, southern India in 1983. Venkulu was among the first 16 families who built Habitat homes in Khammam district, southern India. After repaying his mortgage in 2006, he could plan to give his grandchildren a good education. Since then, many more like Venkulu have created a better life for themselves and their families.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Habitat works in 17 countries and one Special Administrative Region as well as through partnerships in four other countries. More than 2.5 million people in this region have built or improved a place they can call home. Our support comes from generous donors, committed volunteers and passionate advocates.

More than three decades later, the Habitat story of building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter continues to unfold. Zhimin from Guangzhou, China, recalled growing up in a crowded, damp and leaky house. His father built a new home with Habitat more than 10 years ago.

Now that he is a father, Zhimin plans to add another story to the house so that his daughters Xinyi, 8, and Youyou, 7 months, can have their own rooms. He said: “I feel very happy that my children are growing up in a safe and clean home. They don’t have to face the tough life that I had when I was young.”

Meet more families and volunteers as we share their stories in marking the 35th anniversary milestone in 2018.

China

Home fix

Xinyi, 8, can enjoy the safe and decent home that her grandfather has built with Habitat China in 2006.

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India

Educating Jayshri

Jayshri's perspective on education changed after she moved into her Habitat home in Lonavala over a decade ago.

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Into the light

Malan (center) gradually came out of her depression after living in a 100-home community in Lonavala.

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Indonesia

Home economics

Other than for convenience, Warti, 70, asks her massage clients to come to her home in Gresik for another reason. "It used to be an ugly house. Now, it’s beautiful — the best house!"

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Korea

In top form

Living in a Habitat home has improved the health of Jung-bae from South Korea and given him precious memories.

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Myanmar

Peace of mine

Frequent house repairs are a thing of the past since Myint Myint Sein and her family moved into their bamboo home.

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Singapore

Fulfilling

Thomas Lim continues his long-term support for Habitat Singapore's Project HomeWorks because he loves the impact of home clean ups and repairs. 

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Thailand

Forward looking

Feeling secure in her Habitat home in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, Cha-am hopes her grandchildren can pursue their dreams.

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