Bulgaria

55 Lyuben Karavelov Str., fl. 1, ap. 1 Sofia 1142
Bulgaria

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Country Facts:

  • Capital city -- Sofia
  • Population -- 7 million 
  • Life expectancy -- 75.49 yrs.
  • Unemployment rate -- 3.7% 
  • Below poverty line -- 23.4%

 

Habitat Facts

  • Date when Habitat started working in the country - 2001
  • Individuals served in FY2019 –  9,025
  • Via civil society partnerships – 3,065
  • Through repairs – 3,595
  • Through market development –  2,365
  • Volunteers hosted in FY2019 – 557

 

 

Habitat for Humanity in Bulgaria

Habitat for Humanity Bulgaria has been active since 2001. It runs a diverse, innovative program tailored to meet the local housing need. Habitat Bulgaria works not only with families and individuals to improve their current housing situation but provides support also to communities by partnering with community-based social support organizations, adding value to their activities.

 

The housing need in Bulgaria

The majority of the Bulgarians own a house or a flat, but they struggle to maintain them. Many live in pre-fabricated condominium buildings constructed 40-50 years ago.

Maintenance of these buildings has become a severe challenge for the homeowners as the structures are rapidly deteriorating.

The EU accession significantly increased the cost of property in Bulgaria, especially in the capital, which priced more and more families out of the market. 

Over the past 20 years, rural areas experienced a major loss of employment, income and services. Living standards in villages are below the 1990 level.

 

How Habitat addresses the need

CONSTRUCTION

Habitat Bulgaria operates a distinguished construction program focusing on repairs and accommodates construction volunteers. 

ADVOCACY

Recognized as an authority in the overall actions and programs aimed at the improvement of the housing stock in Bulgaria at the national level, Habitat is a well-known and recognizable brand in Bulgaria associated with quality services, products, knowledge and expertise in housing.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND MICROFINANCE

We develop products and services and run programs custom-tailored to support low-income and vulnerable population and communities.

INNOVATION

We develop an independent source of revenue by utilizing innovative approaches and setting up a social enterprise.

 

What you can do

DONATE 

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VOLUNTEER

Join one of the scheduled Global Village trips to Bulgaria or lead your own. 

For more information go to: habitat.org/gv

TITHE

Habitat affiliates in the United States can establish a strong and rewarding tithe partnership to help build houses globally. Quote 811200, BULGARIA on your checks sent to: Habitat for Humanity International, Attn: Affiliate Tithe, 322 West Lamar St. Americus, GA 31709

CONTACT

office@hfh.bg 

www.hfh.bg 

 

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