Photo: row of new houses in Zambia

About Habitat for Humanity

Europe, Middle East and Africa

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization working to empower people in the world’s poorest communities to overcome the chronic lack of decent housing.

Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We are therefore constantly looking for new solutions that would make adequate housing accessible and affordable for all.


Housing solutions

Because housing problems vary depending on where people live, we work in close cooperation with local communities and together we seek adequate housing solutions. We help people in need to build, repair and renovate homes. The future homeowners work alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

We help to make buildings more energy efficient, provide water and sanitation solutions, mitigate effects of disasters and support housing microfinance loans. 

We also seek to influence the way housing and related shelter issues are assessed, prioritized and funded by local, national and international governments and inter-government forums.

But we alone can’t solve the ‘silent emergency’, in which so many millions still suffer from poor housing conditions and deprivation. To build a world where everyone has a decent place to live, we work together with beneficiaries, volunteers and partners.

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Habitat for Humanity’s vision: 

A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Who we are

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization. Our leaders deeply believe that all people deserve a decent place to call home.

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What we do

Habitat for Humanity builds strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Volunteer or partner with us on housing solutions to support people in need.

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Read news about Habitat’s work in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as current housing issues and innovations in housing markets.

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Habitat's history

Founded in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity is a true world leader in addressing the issues of poor housing conditions.

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Does Habitat for Humanity only build new houses? Where does Habitat for Humanity work? How are donations distributed and used?  

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Families who partner with us build their own homes alongside volunteers, pay an affordable mortgage and are grateful for your help.