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Country Facts:


  • Capital city Addis Ababa
  • Population – 106 million
  • Life expectancy – 63.5 years
  • Unemployment rate – 17.5%
  • Below poverty line – 29.6%

Find more country facts on: CIA The World Factbook – Ethiopia


Habitat Facts

  • Habitat started in Ethiopia in 1993.
  • Individuals served in FY2019 – 19,730
  • Through new construction – 195
  • Through rehabs  5
  • Through incremental building – 19,440
  • Through civil society facilitation – 90
  • Volunteers hosted in FY2019 – 18


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; only 30% is in fair condition. Most houses are made of wood and mud, have cracked walls, leaking roofs and dirt floors.

At the national level, adequate sanitation is only 20% -- 27% in urban areas and 19.4% in rural areas. Forty-three percent of households use pit latrines without slabs or open pit, and 38% of households have no toilet facility. Coverage of safe drinking water is only 51% countrywide and 39% in rural areas, according to UNICEF, 2011.

About 80% of Addis Ababa is considered slum areas, characterized by widespread  sanitation challenges. Families live in crowded rooms and are exposed to health and safety risks


How Habitat addresses the need

Urban slum upgrading

This project assists vulnerable families living in poverty to move to new homes with access to improved sanitation and safe water. The project involves renovation of houses, construction of communal toilets, communal water points, walkways and ditches. Urban slum upgrading ensures sustainable use facilities and creating a healthy living environment through hygiene and sanitation training and promotion of financial saving practices. The intervention focuses on community and household level initiatives. Family selection criteria include low incomes, old age, and incidences of poor health.

Integrated vulnerable group housing and water, sanitation and hygiene

This project is implemented to support households in Oromiya and Amhara Regional States. With this project, Habitat Ethiopia aims to improve the living conditions of needy and vulnerable families who live in poverty, and are affected by health issues and disabilities. Project activities include construction of new houses, communal toilets and water facilities including reservoir, pipelines and communal water points. Through this project, we provide hygiene training for families who work with us and community members. 

Disaster Risk Reduction and Response

This project started in the Southern Region in 2017 in response severe drought. The project expanded its scope to water, sanitation and hygiene resilience building in the Oromia Region. Habitat Ethiopia increases access to sustainable and safe water supply for vulnerable communities by constructing water and sanitation facilities. The project also aims to improve hygiene knowledge and practice inf targeted communities. Habitat Ethiopia also partners with schools to improve hygiene and sanitation awareness. 


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


To join a Global Village construction volunteer team, email [email protected] or phone 1-800-HABITAT. 

Mailing address: Global Village, Habitat for Humanity International, 322 West Lamar Street, 

Americus, Georgia 31709-3543 USA


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 

Stories and news

Leaving no one behind

Water crisis is felt most acutely by women who are responsible for water collection. Damme lives in Ethiopia and she used to travel more than six hours to fetch water from a nearby region. The water she collected was not even clean.

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Community Development

Ethiopia is one of Africa’s top performing economies. which has lead to rapid urbanization. In Woreda 8 neighborhood in Addis Ababa, more than half of the residents live in informal settlements with no access to clean water and sanitation.

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