Habitat for Humanity Fiji’s vision is a Fiji where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty, Habitat for Humanity Fiji (HFH Fiji) has helped more than 24,600 people.
HFH Fiji is a non-profit organisation founded in 1991. They build and repair homes for low-income families. Since 2009 they provide disaster assistance through repairs and temporary housing when needed.
Their Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program was established in 2010. They construct or improve water and sanitation systems in rural and remote communities.
They welcome international volunteers through their Global Village program and engage local volunteers to help them build homes for Fijian families in need.
- assisted over 3140 families through disaster response
- assisted over 23 communities with over 971 families through water and sanitation improvements and
- built 820 new homes for 820 families.
They believe every Fijian family should have access to their basic right to adequate housing in the most practical and cost-effective way.
HFH Fiji is a member of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), a non-profit organisation founded in 1976 to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness. HFHI has helped over one million families globally — representing five million people —to realise decent living conditions.
HOW THEY DO IT
Communities in need of adequate or reliable water supply and low income families in need of housing apply for the help they need. There are eligibility requirements that need to be met. All applications go through their Family Selection Committee.
This committee checks:
- all eligibility has been met
- that donor requirements are being met
- that plans are approved and
- that the process is transparent and fair.
They also deliver Home Partner Training or WASH training for those families and communities receiving their help.
THEIR WORK PHILOSOPHY
They believe in giving a hand up, not a hand out.
Families and communities, contribute to cost reductions by providing sweat equity in the form of accommodation, meals and volunteer labour. This contribution means that communities and families retain a sense of ownership and pride in their new home or water system. Sweat equity, and the Home Partner Training we provide, has shown a higher likelihood of project sustainability through care and maintenance.