Current Projects

Thanks to the support of local Habitats across Canada and Canadian donors, we have partnered with Habitats in Malawi, Guatemala, Haiti and Honduras for the following Global Neighbours projects in 2020:

Malawi

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

Since 1986, Habitat for Humanity Malawi has served over 20,000 families through various housing solutions, with an emphasis on Vulnerable Group Housing; Housing Support Services, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Disaster Risk Reduction; Vocational Skills Training and Advocacy.

This project commenced in 2017 in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Malawi, Hope and Healing International, Homes4Hope Canada, and the Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA), with the goal to improve the physical living conditions of families with people with disabilities (PWDs) in Salima District, in the central region of Malawi. To date, this project has built 102 homes and brought support and care for people with disabilities.

Planned interventions will include:

  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

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