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.
Cambodia: 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.
Thailand: 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.
Bangladesh: “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, with her son outside their home in Raghurampur village, Mymensingh district. 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.
New Zealand: Sopo, with her daughter Channah, in their home in Hamilton city in 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.
Australia: 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 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.