仁人家园 Habitat for Humanity China

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Habitat for Humanity?

Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Since 1976, Habitat has helped more than 6.8 million people build strength, stability and self-reliance through housing, including home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and programs. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. Habitat has supported an estimated 2 million individuals in the Asia-Pacific region, where it has been active since 1983.

What does Habitat for Humanity China do?

Habitat for Humanity China is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for decent housing and harnessing resources to improve living conditions including water, lighting and sanitation for families across in China.
Humanity China began its operation in 2000 and has offices in Shanghai, Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan and Sichuan. Habitat China has built or rehabilitated more than 5,000 homes to meet shelter needs after disasters, for minority communities, the elderly and families affected by disability. Habitat China also improves the infrastructure of communities where possible, for example constructing communal facilities and providing solutions to water supply and sanitation.

Does Habitat give houses away?

No, Habitat for Humanity is not a giveaway program. Habitat’s partner families buy the houses that Habitat builds and renovates through affordable mortgage. Habitat makes no profit on the sale. In many countries, Habitat works with partner organizations to serve families through innovative financing methods such as micro-financing. Habitat’s homeowners also invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners.

What programmes does Habitat for Humanity China have ?
Renovation Support Project

This program aims to improve the living conditions of low-income families and individuals living in Shanghai. Habitat for Humanity China will help identify what the housing issues are and plan how to solve the problems with volunteers who have technical experience (engineering, construction an design background).

Critical Repair Program

This program aims to alleviate critical health, life and safety issues for low-income families in rural East China. Habitat for Humanity China will facilitate interior or exterior repairs to address te mos urgent housing needs for families so they can reclaim their home with pride and dignity.

Rural Reconstruction

This program aims to provide safe, decent homes with proper sanitation facilities for low-income rural families in Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan and Sichuan. In an effort to provide a hand up and not a hand out, most Habitat home partner families are provided with a no-interest, affordable loan to cover their construction costs. As partner families repay their loan, these funds are used to build more houses for families in need of safe, decent homes in China.

Disaster Recovery

Habitat for Humanity China contributes technical expertise in home building and sustainable shelter construction in disaster-prone areas. These houses are all built using the government’s quality standard for disaster resistant housing.

Global Village

These trips are short-term build trips to Habitat for Humanity China project sites, which offer valuable educational experience in a cross-cultural environment. Volunteers will partner with partner-families to build a true “Global Village” of love, homes, communities and hope. Global Village trips also provide the opportunity to learn about development challenges while experiencing the community’s culture and social practices.

Are there any international programmes I can take part in?
Yes.

 

These programmes offer volunteers the opportunity to take part in the “hands-on” construction or renovation of houses in some 40 countries around the world. Volunteers are able to participate by building or repairing houses for those whose homes have been affected by natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. Not only do we want to build a safe and secure shelter, but more so to build a home and build hope in their lives. We want to empower our home partners to mutually help one another.

How can I become a volunteer?

Locally, you can take part in Shanghai Renovation Support Project and Campus Chapter. We also have some special programmes that offer a unique volunteer experience:
Global Village, Young Leaders Build and Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. For anyone who is interested and is 15 years old or above, you can register here.

You can also follow us on social media or subscribe to our eNewsletter for updated events.

We also welcome volunteers in office support and multimedia creation. Please call us on (86) 21 6136 9195 or email us at info@habitatchina.org.

How are Habitat’s homeowner families chosen?

Working alongside District-based NGOs and District-based social workers, Habitat for Humanity China identifies partner families based on their level of need and their willingness to partner with Habitat. We follow a non-discriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families to become Habitat Home Partners.

How are donations distributed and used?

Habitat for Humanity China relies on donations from our partners and donors to fund our house-building mission worldwide. We accept undesignated and designated donations in money or gifts in kind. Undesignated donations are used where needed whereas donors can also designate where the donations to be allocated.

See our Annual Report.



 

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