Urban Renovation in Shanghai and Guangzhou supports low-income families in order to improve their interior living environment. By partnering with companies, volunteers, and other organizations that are passionate about improving housing, HFH China is able to reduce the economic and mental pressure for families with urgent housing needs, so they can live with pride and dignity. HFH China’s Urban Renovation programs are an important part of our commitment to foster a caring society and raising awareness about housing issues that underserved groups face.
Rural Reconstruction aims to provide safe, decent homes with proper sanitation facilities for low-income rural families in Guangdong, and Sichuan. In an effort to provide a hand up and not a handout, most Habitat partner families are provided with a no-interest, affordable loan to cover their construction costs. As partner families repay their loan, these funds will be used to build more houses for families in need of safe, decent homes in China.
In cases where home-partners are marginalized and lack resources to repay housing loans yet exhibit the need, ability and willingness to partner with us, HFH China pursues “Special Projects” that provide grants instead of loans. Many rural and minority communities also have no public space to gather and host traditional activities during their festive seasons such as competitions, singing and dancing. HFH China works with villagers to discuss the location and design of communal facilities to encourage ownership and management of the facilities.
Critical Repair Program aims to alleviate critical health, life and safety issues for low-income families in rural East China. HFH China will facilitate interior or exterior repairs to address the most urgent housing needs for families so they can reclaim their home with pride and dignity. HFH China will address the most pressing housing needs a family is facing, for example, re-flooring, bathroom and kitchen upgrading and wall plastering/painting. HFH China will determine the focus of the refurbishment alongside our home-partners after undertaking a needs assessment.
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) aims to help all families living in group replace water supply facilities so that they have access to clean, safe and adequate drinking water over the years. Many water sources are wells that are exposed to air and get contaminated by pesticide, chemical fertilizers, polluted rain and wastes. In recent years, well water is also depleting due to climate change and mining. During the drought season from November to May, villagers have to walk long distances to fetch water. The project seeks to support women in particular, who are largely responsible for farming duties and are also the primary caretakers of children, elderly and general household while men seek part-time work in surrounding areas.
Disaster Recovery contributes technical expertise in home building and sustainable shelter construction in disaster-prone areas such as Sichuan. Houses are all built using the government’s quality standard for earthquake-resistant housing and designs. In an effort to generate income for disaster-affected families who lost their farmland because of the disaster, houses were constructed with the idea of livelihood in mind. In Taizi and Yangping villages in Sichuan, houses were built as bed and breakfasts (B&B) to accommodate tourists who visit the area. The houses in Luoyang and Changzhen villages were constructed so that the families would have space for a small business on the ground floor while living comfortably above.
Global Village trips are short-term build trips to HFH China project sites which offer valuable educational experiences in a cross-cultural environment. Province such as Sichuan is an increasingly popular destination for locally-based and overseas Habitat volunteer teams.