Habitat for Humanity Ghana:
Habitat for Humanity seeks to become a lead organization in the provision of housing solutions in Ghana to enable every Ghanaian have decent, safe and affordable house.
The housing need in Ghana:
The population and the housing situation in Ghana are so alarming that the need for housing assistance cannot be over emphasized. Housing deficit is in excess of 1.2 million (Stated by the Government of Ghana). Ghana needs 85,000 housing units annually (Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing). The over-crowded compound housing, homelessness and casualties as a result of rainstorms do not spare inhabitants of the rural communities. Meanwhile most of the existing houses were built long ago which have never been renovated. Besides there are an average of ten (10) to twelve (12) rooms in a house (family house) and between ten (10) and sometimes even twenty (20) persons sharing a room. Most of the rooms have poor or no ventilation and the walls are cracked, allowing dangerous insects to creep in during rainy nights
How Habitat addresses the need in Ghana
Habitat for humanity (HFH) Ghana´s programs currently focus on Housing Microfinance with Housing Support Services; advocating for change in government housing policies and systems to positively impact the poor; and building the capacity of artisans at the district and community level to deliver quality houses through a Housing Resource Center.
Here are some examples of Habitat projects in Ghana:
HFH Ghana works on renovation/repairs of existing houses and construction of new houses. Home repairs or renovations include but are not limited to the provision of a utility block or sanitary sewer system, roofing, addition of rooms, etc. Families work with Habitat Staff to develop individual plans to ensure the proposed plans meet their needs and fit within their budget. For new construction, the typical HFH Ghana houses consist of 2 rooms, kitchen, bathroom, and toilet.
Currently HFHG is shifting to wholesale Housing Micro Finance (HMF) as the major intervention for fulfilling its strategic mission. The HMF project will be implemented in partnership with selected Microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Ghana. HMF involves the provision of a loan to low income families/groups to either build or improve upon their houses. This strategy will ensure scale, sustainability and operational self-sufficiency, allowing Habitat Ghana to deliver on its mission effectively and efficiently.
What you can do:
You can help Ghanaian families improve their living conditions by taking one or more of the following actions:
Go to www.gofundme.com/penniesmakeadime and designate your gift to Habitat Ghana.
Join one of the scheduled Global Village trips to Europe, Middle East and Africa or lead your own. For more information go to: habitat.org/gv