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.

Here’s a sample of what we are up against




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



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

5 million

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



The estimated population of slums in Ghana.


The typical annual income in rural communities of Haiti.



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


The percentage of children in Lesotho who are orphans.

1 billion

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


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


The number of new residents per day in Asian cities.


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

827.6 million

The number of people who live in urban slums.


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

For more information on international developments, please visit Habitat International on

Habitat for Humanity International, Annual Report 2013


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

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