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!
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.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
This is where you can find us.
|South Korea||Sri Lanka|
|All 50 States||Bermuda|
|Puerto Rico||Virgin Islands|
|The District of Columbia|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bulgaria|
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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.
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.
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.
Habitat for Humanity South Africa is founded and begins its ministry to serve the marginalised in South Africa.
Oprah Winfrey launches her “Build an Oprah House” Project. Habitat’s 60,000th house is constructed in Dallas, Texas.
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.
HFHI celebrates its 25th anniversary in Indianapolis, Indiana. U.S. President George W. Bush works on a Habitat for Humanity home in Tampa, Florida.
The Jimmy Carter Work Project builds 100 houses in one week in Cato Manor Durban, South Africa.
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.
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.
Habitat For Humanity South Africa broadens its strategic direction, focusing on community building in line with the Habitat global strategy.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.