Sustainable

communities.

Who are we?

We are collaboration. We are communities. We are Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organisation breaking the cycle of poverty in South Africa through participatory development, advocacy and awareness.

Founded in 1996 in South Africa, we are part of Habitat for Humanity International. Entirely self-funded, we believe that providing adequate and affordable shelter is the best way to fight poverty. We use holistic interventions that partner with home partners and stakeholders to build communities in which the members play leading roles in their own development.

We are strong voices on housing development and community participation in South Africa and help stakeholders understand and implement proven, practical and replicable best practice all over the country. But most of all, we are inspired, grateful people who want to be the change we want to see in the world. Join us today!

Our Vision

We believe in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Here in South Africa we bring people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Our Mission

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

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This is where you can find us.

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Our history.

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Habitat for Humanity International is founded in Americus, Georgia, USA, by Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda. In September, construction begins on House No. 1 in San Antonio, Texas.
1984
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, become Habitat partners and the first Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project is held in New York City.
1991
Habitat’s 10,000th house is dedicated in April in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Habitat’s first all-women-built house is completed in Charlotte, N.C.
1996
Habitat for Humanity South Africa is founded and begins its ministry to serve the marginalised in South Africa.
1997
Oprah Winfrey launches her “Build an Oprah House” Project. Habitat’s 60,000th house is constructed in Dallas, Texas.
2000
Habitat’s 100,000th house is built in September in New York City. Victory is declared over sub-standard housing in Americus/Sumter County, Georgia, which has been home to Habitat for Humanity International since its founding.
2001
HFHI celebrates its 25th anniversary in Indianapolis, Indiana. U.S. President George W. Bush works on a Habitat for Humanity home in Tampa, Florida.
2002
The Jimmy Carter Work Project builds 100 houses in one week in Cato Manor Durban, South Africa.
2004
Habitat for Humanity International reaches our 100-country goal. Habitat is featured as one of America’s greatest brands in the 2004 edition of America’s Greatest Brands.
2007
Habitat’s patron Archbishop Desmond Tutu thanks over 100 volunteers from the US, Great Britain, South Africa and India who had gathered to build 12 homes in Mfuleni township as part of the Desmond Tutu Community Build.
2012
Habitat For Humanity South Africa broadens its strategic direction, focusing on community building in line with the Habitat global strategy.
2013
Habitat SA launches Advocacy Program focusing strategically on new housing models and finance in the post-subsidy era and making investment in participatory community development mandatory.
2014
Habitat SA signs Memorandum of Understanding with Power Construction covering our Social Facilitation and Volunteer Programme within the Pelican Park Project. Habitat SA’s Advocacy programme receives funding from the Ford Foundation to conduct research on identifying best practice for informal settlement upgrading. Habitat SA hosts also largest team build event to date “Nelson Mandela International Build Week” with 3500 volunteers participating.
2015
Habitat SA partners with Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC), Informal Settlement Network (ISN) and the community of Langrug,(Franschhoek) to assist the technical team (Asande) with Capacity Building and  Sustainable livelihoods programmes in the Langrug informal settlement. Habitat SA partners with Ubuhle Bakha Ubuhle (UBU) in the Sweet Home Farm informal settlement in Philippi with the objective of collecting first-hand research information and documenting processes in an upgrading process that is actively driven by the community.

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“Overcoming poverty is not just a task of charity, it is an act of justice. The protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.”

~ Nelson Mandela, Live 8 Concert, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2 July 2008

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Our people.

What does Habitat mean to the people who work for us?

  • Mdu Luthuli
    Community Project Manager

    “I want everybody to have a decent place to live. We’re embracing the bottom-up participative approach, encouraging social cohesion and socio-economic development. Through partnerships, Habitat is ensuring sustainable development.”

  • Genevieve Benn
    Office Manager

    “Habitat’s purpose comes from one of our most important principles: ‘…to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accordance with the belief that God’s love and grace abound for all.’ Habitat is a way that anyone can be the ‘hands and feet’ of that love and grace.”

  • Felicity Mbambani
    Fundraising & Marketing Administrator

    “A precious service of serving others, of sharing God’s love and hope to a better future.”

  • Lorraine du Toit
    Community Development Practitioner

    “Working for Habitat means that we get to facilitate a process of change through which individuals, families, and communities are developed as active, self-aware and capacitated citizens. This is a reciprocal process as Habitat provides the opportunity for staff to grow and learn in their own journey of becoming better human beings.”

  • Robert Qomoyi
    Build Event Coordinator

    “Habitat has helped transform my life by teaching me skills dealing with technology and event coordination. Working with Habitat for the last four years has helped to push me to achieve my maximum potential. I know I will continue to work hard in the community and continue to spread this knowledge and happiness to all the people of South Africa.”

Our impact.
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Annual reports.

2016 ANNUAL REPORT

2015 ANNUAL REPORT

2014 ANNUAL REPORT

2013 ANNUAL REPORT

2012 ANNUAL REPORT

2011 ANNUAL REPORT

Work with us.

Mahatma Gandhi once said that “The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

We believe that helping is a personal, transformative experience not just for the recipients but also for those who give.

Making a change for South Africa starts within – that’s why we work with people to build their capacity to manage their own development, changing, improving and sustaining their own communities. Empowering South Africans to help themselves.

Join us in changing our country. We’re all in this together. Together we can make a difference.

REASONS TO BELIEVE

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  • You’ll make friends, have fun and make others happy, all at once
  • You’ll be making a difference that lasts
  • You’ll have real moments

  • You’ll be helping us to build a brighter future for everyone in South Africa
  • It’s so rewarding

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Key Partners

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