No.477/479, 6th &7th Floors Aye Yeikthar 2nd Lane
New University Avenue, Bahan Township,
Myanmar (Burma)

PhoneA smartphone +95 1557355

Quick Facts

Individuals served in FY22: 1,505

  • Through incremental building – 1505

Volunteers engaged in FY22: 122

Other facts:

  • Population: over 54 million
  • Life expectancy: 66.9 years
  • Unemployment rate: 0.5 percent
  • Population living below poverty line: 24.8 percent

Source: World Bank, World Factbook

Habitat for Humanity in Myanmar

Habitat for Humanity’s involvement in Myanmar arose after the devastating Cyclone Nargis struck on May 2, 2008. Together with its partner World Concern, Habitat  for  Humanity  built  and repaired more than 1,700 core houses in the worst-hit Ayeyarwady delta as part of World Concern’s integrated multi- sector disaster recovery program. In January 2014, Habitat for Humanity began projects in water and sanitation with disaster risk reduction with World Concern. 

The housing need in Myanmar

At least 1 million people in Myanmar are in need of humanitarian assistance including shelter due to armed conflict, vulnerability to natural hazards or intercommunal violence, according to the United Nations. According to the last population and housing census of 2014 showed that close to 81% of housing units in Myanmar were not durable, about 28% of households obtained their drinking water from unsafe sources, and nearly 14% did not have a toilet.

Habitat for Humanity started working through partners in Myanmar after the devastating Cyclone Nargis in 2008. The office in Yangon opened in 2014 and direct project implementation began in 2016.

How Habitat addresses the need in Myanmar

Building resilience
In Myanmar, Habitat for Humanity builds community resilience against climate change and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the coup through development and humanitarian interventions. We partner with village, ward and school committees to promote empowered participation.

Habitat Myanmar’s key interventions include green and sustainable initiatives such as rainwater harvesting, home gardening, and resilient water and sanitation infrastructures. Habitat also provides humanitarian assistance to the vulnerable through distributing drinking water during the hot summer season, multipurpose cash assistance to meet basic household needs as well as livelihood support.

Empowering communities

We continue to influence community partners and other actors by raising awareness of safe sanitation and hygiene. We will pilot the participatory approach for safe shelter awareness, or PASSA, and clarify and disseminate information on land governance systems to promote secure tenure. Since March 2020, Habitat has suspended the hosting of international volunteers under the Global Village program in Bago region, north of Yangon. Local community volunteers have stepped up. They help to design, plan, implement, monitor and report construction and non-construction activities to Habitat Myanmar.

Stories and news

Asia and Pacific Builds 2019

March 07, 2019

Key initiatives under the Habitat Young Leaders Build campaign, the builds in Myanmar and Fiji draw the support of more than 70 youth volunteers altogether.

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Feeling secure

Bok Bok’s family feels safe, happy and healthier in a home that they built with Habitat Myanmar. 

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