Current Projects

Thanks to the support of local Habitats across Canada and Canadian donors, we have partnered with Habitats in Malawi, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras and Vietnam for the following Global Neighbours projects in 2021:

Malawi

Empowering Families with People with Disabilities in Salima (multi-year)

This five-year project which wraps up at the end of 2021, is improving the physical living conditions of families with people with Disabilities (PWDs) in Salima District, in the central region of Malawi.

In the first four years, the project has built 102 homes and brought support and care for people with disabilities.

Planned interventions:

  1. Construction of an additional 15 houses complete with Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrines and bathrooms
  2. Inheritance, property rights, and will writing training
  3. Training in care and support for families with people with disabilities
  4. Livelihood training for parents/caretakers of people with disabilities

Malawi

Building Back Better in Chikwawa

Intense and unpredictable rainfalls concentrating in the southern parts of Malawi, including Chikwawa, have created floods and heavy rains, causing significant damage to homes and public buildings. Over the last few years, Habitat for Humanity Malawi has increased its capacity and technical expertise in environmental disaster risk management through various projects and partnerships with other non-governmental organizations and agencies.

This project will focus on reinforcing building practices and materials with disaster resilient construction methods, and build on the disaster response initiatives to help households transition from temporary shelters to permanent homes.

Planned interventions will include:

  1. Construction support, including flood resilient material to 8 families
  2. Training of building more resilient houses for the whole community
  3. Provision of materials better resilient bricks and roofing material
  4. Community preparedness on disaster mitigation

Guatemala

WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) Solutions in San Juan, Baja Verapaz

With a population of 17 million, Guatemala experienced the fastest population growth in the Western hemisphere during the 20th century. Population size and subsequent overcrowding have resulted in increased poverty and homelessness. 60% of the population lives in poverty and half of the country lives in substandard housing.

The project will fund the construction and installation of a water treatment system that breaks down organic waste through naturally produced gases before it is discharged to an absorbing well, and eventually filtered before being absorbed in the ground. It is designed for areas that do not have a drainage system; maintenance costs are low due to its ability to self-clean.

Planned interventions will include:

  1. Construction of 56 household waste water treatment systems for sewage water
  2. Training to families to maintain the water treatment systems themselves
  3. Better access to safe water through construction of a shower and outdoor sink for laundry and dishwashing

Guatemala

Empowering Families with People with Disabilities in Solola (multi-year)

Objectives: To improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, and improve community inclusion in the

In Guatemala, the majority of families of people with disabilities are living in poverty. Disability further aggravates their economic situation and prevents them from breaking the cycle of poverty. Additionally, society has created physical, structural, organizational, and worst of all attitudinal barriers, that continue to oppress and exclude people with disabilities and their families.

In this context, most families that have members living with disabilities, do not have a decent home, lacking basic amenities like water, electricity, bathroom, kitchen, etc.

Planned interventions:

  1. 7 new houses, 8 houses improved (annually)
  2. Care and support for families with disabilities
  3. Access to health care, nutritional programs, and education integration
  4. Capacity building activities and training on livelihood, and advocating for empowerment

Haiti

Building on Success for a Healthier Simon-Pele

Haiti has the lowest rates of access to improved water and sanitation infrastructure in the western hemisphere. Since 2017, Habitat for Humanity Canada has supported Habitat for Humanity Haiti’s WASH program in Simon-Pele, a low-income neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince. Access to adequate water and sanitation facilities are essential components to basic health services; sound hygiene practices can prevent infection and the spread of disease within vulnerable populations.

Planned interventions include:

  1. Construction of water fountains, gender-sensitive latrines and hand-washing facilities at 7 schools
  2. Provide training on proper hygiene knowledge and best-practices to students and teachers
  3. Promotional material and resources to support good hygiene and sanitation practices
  4. Provide job training to identified youth at-risk, including areas in industrial sewing, cell phone and laptop repair, and construction

Honduras

Building Dispersed Housing in Santa Elena

In the community of Santa Elena, 46% of the population live in poverty conditions. 90% of the housing is built of substandard material like wood, which deteriorates more rapidly resulting in poor structural conditions. The isolation and location of Santa Elena on the island of Roatan means limited access to the rest of Honduras, and much higher costs to repair or build homes. Many of the housing solutions built by families are temporary and in very poor condition because of the inferior construction material.

The construction of new homes for qualified families, including some teachers, would improve their living conditions. Habitat for Humanity Honduras will work with the local Rotary Club, the municipality and other members of the community, to select families with the highest need for adequate housing and can manage the payment requirements.

Planned interventions include:

  1. Construction of 10 homes with cinderblock, a better building material
  2. Promote community learning, training families in healthy housing and in construction processes

Vietnam

WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) Solutions in Van Lang

Objective: To enhance the quality of life through improved living conditions of vulnerable families, through improved housing, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

Van Lang Commune is home to the H’mong people, one of the poorest of Vietnam’s minority groups. The H’mong people dwell in small, damaged, make-shift thatched houses without proper sanitation, ventilation, and little protection from the extreme cold in the winter. Women are especially prone to indoor pollution due to exposure of smoke from cooking with firewood, without proper ventilation.

Planned interventions:

  1. 26 houses built and/or renovated
  2. 20 low-cost latrines built
  3. Community interventions and training on WASH, household safety and management, and financial security
  4. One communal house built and two communal water facilities rehabilitated