Habitat for Humanity in Nepal
Habitat Nepal, established in 1997, has served over 70,000 households and built a network of valued local partners through which it implements its housing programs. Since 2015, reconstruction has been the primary focus of Habitat Nepal, directing funding and technical support to the earthquake-affected central region, followed by shelter initiatives in the flood-devastated lowlands of the East and West. In line with its new strategic plan, Habitat Nepal will develop programs, build institutional capacity and raise funds with tithing Habitat affiliates in the U.S. to make the transition from a primarily disaster-reconstruction operation to a portfolio of projects that address Nepal's shelter needs more comprehensively and sustainably.
The housing need in Nepal
Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with over one in four persons living below the national poverty line. An estimated 49 percent of Nepal's population lives in substandard housing, according to the 2011 national census. This situation dramatically worsened with the 2015 earthquakes, and 2017 massive flooding that left over 900,000 houses destroyed or severely damaged. Many of those who were most affected by the disasters are from marginalized ethnic groups and lower castes, families with disabilities or severe health problems, and single-headed households. Habitat Nepal and its partners provide financial and technical support to these vulnerable groups who often fall through the cracks in the government's support systems.
How Habitat addresses the need in Nepal
Since 2005 Habitat Nepal has been implementing its programs through local partners who share the vision of safe, decent shelter for all Nepal families. These local nongovernmental organizations microfinance institutions muliply Habitat's impact through their broad outreach to marginalized communities, leveraged loan capital for housing, and holistic devlopment approaches. Together with its partners, Habitat nepal specializes in the following services:
-Promoting safe shelter designs and technologies.
-Researching and developing market-based housing solutions.
-Advocating with local and federal government entities to direct resources to address the shelter needs of highly vulnerable groups.
-Mobilizing international volunteers and local youth to raise awareness and support for housing needs in Nepal.
Tithe for International Disasters Fund
Natural disasters, war and civil unrest displace millions of people around the world from their homes every year. The ability to fill the most basic needs - health, water, shelter, sanitation, livelihoods and safety - becomes both more difficult and more critical in an emergency. The International Disasters Funds helps Habitat organizations respond to disasters as they occur. Funding also may be used for responses to protracted humanitarian emergencies.
$100,000 to Cyclone Bulbul response in Bangladesh
Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Bulbul hit coastal Bangladesh in November 2019. The storm surge was between 5 and 7 feet higher than normal levels, which damaged or destroyed 154,291 houses, killing 12 people and affecting 730,000.
With the tithe support of the International Disasters Fund, Habitat Bangladesh is building disaster-resilient houses with 32 of the most vulnerable families-130 individuals - impacted by the cyclone in Stakhira district. Habitat Bangladesh also will provide 400 community members with livelihood support focusing on disaster management and water, sanitation and hygiene. Four hundred vulnerable families, such as those with family members with a disability, will receive cash grants that average 10,000 Bangladeshi taka, or about US$117, to rebuild their livelihoods.