The Need Worldwide

More than 1.6 billion people live in
substandard housing.

And they have little hope of breaking the brutal cycle of poverty. That compels us to find new ways to reach more people in need.

This is a sampling of what we’re up against.

783 million

The number of people worldwide who lack access to safe drinking water.

5.8 million

The estimated population of slums in Ghana.

5 million

The estimated number of displaced people in Colombia, a country that has been experiencing internal armed conflicts for more than 50 years.

20.2 million

The number of U.S. households that spend more than half of their incomes on housing.


The number of new residents per day in Asian cities.


The typical annual income in rural communities of Haiti.


The percentage of Zambia’s urban population living in slums. Nationwide, 75 percent of Zambians live on less than US$1 a day.


The percentage of children in Lesotho who are orphans.


The percentage of families in Nicaragua who have dirt floors in their homes.


The percentage of people in Ethiopia who have access to safe drinking water. Only 10 percent have access to sanitation facilities.

827.6 million

The number of people who live in urban slums.

1 billion

The number of people who will live in slums by 2020.


The percentage of the world’s population now live in urban areas.

1.8 million

The number of young children who lose their lives as a result of lack of clean water and sanitation.

For more information on international developments, please visit Habitat International on
Source: Habitat for Humanity International, Annual Report 2013


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