About Us

Habitat for Humanity
South Africa

 

“Habitat for Humanity is propelled by a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We devote ourselves to creating that world because we believe everyone — every single one of us, regardless of who we are or where we come from — deserves a dignified life and the opportunity for a better future.

But believing is not enough. So we build.

We build houses — and through those houses, we build the strength, stability and self-reliance that families need in order to achieve a better life. That better life is our primary goal. So when we build houses, we also build bridges between people of diverse backgrounds. We build paths to more connected communities. We build ways for all people to come together and share in the creation of a new world.”

Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity International

 

We are committed to bringing people together to provide decent shelter, improve livelihoods and reduce housing poverty for low-income families

Founded in 1996, Habitat for Humanity South Africa NCP is dedicated to the long-term development and sustainability of South Africa’s low-income housing sector and is focused on building thriving communities. With the support of active citizens and stakeholder partners, communities are empowered through enhancing leadership capacity, skills development training and fostering self-belief to take the lead in their own sustainable development. As an affiliate organisation, Habitat for Humanity SA obtains advice, services and funding from Habitat for Humanity International.

 

Our Vision

A South Africa where everyone has a decent place to live

 

Our Mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope

 

Our Value Proposition

Bringing people together to provide decent shelter, improve livelihoods and reduce housing poverty for low-income families.

 

Our Principles

HFHSA subscribes to the following principles, which must underpin every area of our work. They are pillars that anchor our programs and activities.

  • Demonstrate the love of Jesus
  • Focus on shelter
  • Advocate for affordable housing
  • Promote dignity and hope
  • Support sustainable and transformational development

 

What Drives Us

No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve a decent life. We deserve strength and stability.

Currently South Africa is one of the world’s most unequal societies with approximately 12 million South Africans living in extreme poverty. The current housing backlog is in excess of two million units despite the delivery of over 4 million housing units and opportunities through various government subsidy programmes since 1994. High rates of urbanisation, population growth, financial constraints and rising development costs have made it impossible to keep pace with the demand for housing. There is an urgent need to address shelter poverty and livelihoods in an innovative and sustainable manner.

At Habitat for Humanity SA, this is what unites us.