NDTV and Habitat for Humanity India will broadcast ‘Rebuilding India: Brick by Brick’ to highlight housing and housing eco-system related solutions for the families from the bottom of the pyramid devised by Habitat India in its Pathways to Permanence strategy.
Amidst the COVID-19 health emergency, millions of families still lack essential goods required for daily survival. Till date, we have served 6,28,883 individuals with Hygiene and Family Essential Kits.
We can create healthy homes that help stop the spread of the virus today by prioritizing communities with low-income families. We need to work together to change the global narrative from a feeling of helplessness to hope, now is the time for Homes, Communities, Hope + You!
Sudhir Shenoy, CEO, Dow Chemical International Pvt. Ltd. [Dow India] and Member of Habitat India’s Advisory Committee, ran his 51st marathon in Tata Mumbai Marathon 2019 in support of Habitat India to build homes for 25 farmers' widows in Amravati, Maharashtra.
1 in 3 children drop out before elementary school because they don’t have a secure space to study or access to sanitation facilities. Building homes, and equipping schools with sanitation units help children continue their education.
The lack of decent sanitation facilities mean that women have to defecate in the open. They go early in the morning or wait till nightfall, in fear of being seen. Installing units allows them easy access and makes them feel safer.
Open defecation leads to the spread of illnesses and higher mortality rates. Driving usage of these sanitation facilities helps build healthy and hygienic communities.
We conduct detailed assessments of the community and its members to better understand their needs. This helps us build homes that match their lifestyle and needs.
We provide technical and financial resources to a construct a home, and work with trusted NGOs at the grassroots level. This helps us get a better understanding of the community and ensures successful implementation.
We bring multiple organisations having a common objective together, to support our implementation and advocacy efforts. This increases the scale and the impact of our work.
We directly reach out to key stakeholders within communities to assess the needs, and undertake the entire project - from planning to implementation.
We conduct detailed assessment of community members to understand their needs. This helps us build homes in accordance with their requirements, whether it is the house layout or a solar panel.
Building a sanitation unit alone doesn’t ensure it is usage, as there are still apprehensions on how to use them. We engage communities in a Behaviour Change Communication Program to drive usage.
Our programs are designed to instil a sense of ownership for the homes within the community through financial contribution and savings for repairs & improvements.
A home is foundational to the safety and wellbeing of a family. It changes everything. Our goal is to build strength, stability and self-reliance in families across India through shelter and sanitation. These stories highlight experiences of some of the families we have engaged with.