PO Box 8953
Addis Ababa

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Country Facts:


  • Capital city Addis Ababa
  • Population – 123 million
  • Life expectancy – 67 years
  • Unemployment rate – 18%
  • Below poverty line – 30%


Habitat Facts

  • Habitat started in Ethiopia in 1993.
  • Individuals served in FY2022 – 19,820
  • Through new constructions/houses – 13
  • Through access to safe water– 10,404
  • Through sanitation facilities  5,580
  • Through drainage/waste management – 1,861
  • Through kitchen improvement– 52
  • ODF and Sanitation marketing– 1,501
  • Through NFIs – 409
  • Through training (not included above) – 26,749


Habitat for Humanity in Ethiopia

Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia has been active since 1993. Since then it has helped thousands of families in building decent homes with improved water and sanitation facilities. Habitat Ethiopia runs a diverse, innovative program, tailored to meet the local housing need.


The housing need in Ethiopia

About 70% of housing units in Ethiopia require total replacement. Most homes are made of wood and mud and have cracked walls, leaking roofs and dirt floors. Only one-fourth of houses have two or more rooms.

At the national level, only 28% of households have access to adequate sanitation facilities. More than 43% use open pits or pit latrines without slabs, and 38% have no toilet facilities at all. Only 57% the country’s population have access to safe drinking water, and this figure is significantly higher in rural areas.

About 60% of the 5 million population of Addis Ababa live in slum areas, characterized by overcrowded settlements and lack of improved sanitation. In these urban neighborhoods, families live in crowded rooms and are exposed to health and safety risks.


How Habitat addresses the need

Urban slum upgrading main project

This multi year project aims at assisting vulnerable families living in poverty to move to new homes with access to improved sanitation and safe water facilities. The project involves renovating houses and constructing communal toilets and water points, walkways and ditches. Urban slum upgrading ensures the sustainable use of facilities and creates a healthy living environment through hygiene and sanitation training and promotion of financial saving practices. Habitat Ethiopia follows a new approach which involves working with municipalities and other organizations that require putting together resources for a greater impact. This will be done through a long-term project that substitutes existing projects that phase out in a year.

Regional Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project

Habitat Ethiopia plans to continue supporting more households in Oromia and Amhara regional states through WASH infrastructure for target localities that have not been addressed yet through construction of reservoirs, water pipelines, and water points in Negele Arsi district in Oromia region and Shewarobit area in Amhara region. Additionally, hygiene and water management training is provided for community members and water committees to ensure sustainability. The project serves families and households that live in the rift valley and other rural areas where there is shortage of water.

Resilience building in disaster affected communities (RBDC) project 

The RBDC project supports vulnerable people affected by internal conflict in the northern part of Ethiopia. Currently, HFH Ethiopia is implementing a project supporting 60 households to get access to decent shelter and sanitation facilities in Shewarobit, Debresina and Ataye towns. The project will help families lead stable life through providing housing, sanitation and psychosocial support. HFH Ethiopia would like to scale up this project to reach more families and in need of $400,000 to double the impact.


What you can do


Support the work of Habitat Ethiopia by sending your donation to: Habitat for Humanity International,  P.O. Box 6598, 121 Habitat Street Americus, GA 31709-3498


The Global Village program was suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please go to for updates, including when and where the program will resume.


U.S. Habitat affiliates may send tithe contributions to: Habitat for Humanity International, P.O. Box 6598, Americus, GA 31709-3498.  

For additional information, email [email protected]



Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia,  P.O.BOX: 8953, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

[email protected], Phone: (+251) 116 600 195 

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