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Habitat for Humanity has been supporting shelter needs in Central and Eastern Europe since 1992. Residents of the region are now facing what the United Nations is warning could be Europe’s largest refugee crisis of this century, as the conflict in Ukraine is forcing families fearing for their lives to flee their homes and travel to neighbouring countries.
Millions of refugees have already fled Ukraine. The result is a urgent need for emergency and long-term shelter.
Habitat for Humanity is well positioned to respond to these urgent needs. Our teams of shelter experts are already working with other aid organisations and Government officials at the border in Romania and Hungary. Habitat is also collaborating with partners in Poland and Slovakia.
All funds raised for this appeal by Habitat for Humanity New Zealand will go to the wider Habitat for Humanity network in Central and Eastern Europe. Habitat for Humanity International committed US$350,000 to ramp up our initial response. The need is great, and we are fundraising for a two-pronged approach to reducing the vulnerability of refugee families by supporting refugees on the move and helping them advance along a path to permanent, durable shelter.Make a Donation
On January 15, underwater volcano Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai violently erupted, causing a major catastrophe for Tonga.
The powerful eruption triggered tsunami waves to hit the coastline and outer islands. Thick volcanic ash up to 10cm covers much of Tongatapu – rendering drinking water unusable. Families have been evacuated from the remote islands of Mango, Fonoifua, and ‘Atata after these islands were devastated by tsunami waves, with most homes destroyed.
Habitat for Humanity New Zealand has worked with our in-country partner Caritas Tonga for years, responding to the disasters that strike the region. Together we have successfully repaired and strengthened more than 800 homes damaged during cyclones Gita and Harold.
We will be working closely with our partners to respond to this devastating disaster, to reach the most vulnerable communities in need of vital repair work to their homes and sanitation facilities.
Thanks to kind and generous donations we can work alongside Tongan communities to rebuild their homes, and their lives.
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Here in Aotearoa we are facing a growing housing crisis. Too many families are living in substandard conditions, where overcrowding, dampness and lack of insulation affects all aspects of a family’s health and wellbeing. Essential home maintenance is often an unaffordable expense for families. As rental prices continue to rise, and home ownership remains a pipe dream for most, too many families remain stuck in a cycle of poverty.
Habitat run a wide range of programmes to provide assistance to families in need of decent and affordable housing. From our home repair programme that ensures low income families can access essential repairs to their home, to supporting families on a pathway to home ownership through our Progressive Home Ownership programme, we work with families to foster resilience, self-reliance, and stability for the long term.
With a donation to Habitat, you are helping us give a hand-up to our partner families here in NZ by building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.Make a Donation
Your generous donation will go to our areas of work most in need of financial support at this time. We have active appeals in Aotearoa, Nepal and across the Pacific, helping families and communities in need to build safe, reliable shelter. Habitat also run a range of community-led training programmes aimed at promoting security and resilience when facing future challenges, such as natural disasters and cyclones.
By supporting Habitat, you are helping us to build stronger, self-reliant communities through access to safe and decent shelter.
The critical work Habitat for Humanity New Zealand is doing is only possible with your support. Together, we are building homes, communities and hope.Make a Donation
Each year, the Pacific braces for cyclone season, which occurs between November to April. Between November 2020 and April 2021 alone, 10 tropical cyclones are predicted to occur in the Southwest Pacific Basin.
Tropical cyclones have the potential to cause mass devastation to families and communities across the Pacific. In 2016 Cyclone Winston damaged or destroyed 30,000 homes in Fiji alone, and in April 2020 Cyclone Harold caused widespread devastation to homes and families across the Pacific.
Habitat for Humanity do more than simply rebuild homes after disaster strikes. Through development programmes such as our Build Back Safer (BBS) and Participatory Approach to Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) training, we work alongside communities across the Pacific to build the skills needed to identify shelter risks, and to rebuild decent disaster resilient shelters using local knowledge and technologies.
The Pacific will continue to face the challenges that cyclone season brings each year, but with your support they can do so with strength, resilience, and preparation. Please support our Pacific neighbours today
Thanks to the support of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, every $1 you give will be matched with $4 more, meaning your donation will go that much further for families in the Pacific.Make a Donation
Even before the disasters struck, over 14 million people were living in substandard housing, with one in four Nepalese living below the national poverty line.
We continue to bring the local community, Government agencies, and NGO’s together to build a brighter, stronger future for Nepal. We are committed to providing ongoing, long-term assistance, working not only to empower families to rebuild their homes with low-cost materials, but also providing disaster preparedness training and assistance in accessing Government programmes for low income families.
Those affected most by the disasters are those from marginalized ethnic groups and lower castes, families with disabilities or severe health problems, and single-parent households. These groups often fall through the cracks of government support systems.
Only with your support can we work alongside more Nepali families to build the stability and security that decent shelter provides. Please give generously today.Make a Donation
Each year Fiji braces for cyclone season, which occurs between November to April. Tropical cyclones have the potential to cause mass devastation to families and communities across the Pacific. Alongside the risk of severe weather, there are a wide range of issues affecting housing quality and disaster resilience in Fiji. These include a lack of skilled carpenters and quality building materials, and the limited reach of government policy and building codes.
Our work is about more than simply rebuilding homes. Habitat also employs researchers to investigate how remote Fijian communities can build safer, more resilient homes using both local knowledge, and innovative new building technologies. Access to low-cost, sustainable building materials and techniques means that families and communities have the resources needed to recover faster after disaster strikes.
The work we do in partnership with Fijian families is critically important, but it is only possible with your support. Please give generously today, so we can continue to build strength, resilience and self-reliance with Fiji.Make a Donation
By choosing to give regularly, HopeBuilders enable Habitat to continue our critical work to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
We are working hard to address housing inadequacies throughout New Zealand, the Pacific and overseas through a set of programmes aimed at improving access to affordable, safe homes.
Through ongoing, regular support you are playing a vital role in our mission of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.