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Habitat for Humanity does not build houses for people, it builds with them. We work together with homeowners and volunteers to construct, renovate, or refurbish homes using donations of money, land and materials. Once completed houses are sold to partner families at below market cost, providing a hand up rather than a hand out.

At the core of Habitat’s mission is the conviction that access to affordable shelter is a basic human right.  We are committed to working with people of all backgrounds, races and religions in the fight against poverty.

Habitat for Humanity Ireland was founded in 2002 and has developed programmes in a number of areas:

1. Overseas Programme

Our Global Village programme is a unique opportunity for enthusiastic and committed members of the Irish public to volunteer on Habitat projects overseas.

These trips are a hands-on, grassroots experience in which volunteers live and work alongside future homeowners, community members and local trade professionals.

This is an opportunity to have a fantastic experience overseas while making friends, challenging yourself, learning about a different culture and giving something back!

Small teams of volunteers travel for up to two weeks to various locations around the world. No construction experience is required as all training is provided onsite by skilled professionals. Throughout the process there is full support from Habitat for Humanity.

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2. Local Programme

Habitat also works to address inadequate housing in Ireland. We work in partnership with Dublin City Council, local government authorities, other non- profits and communities to build and renovate houses in Dublin to allow low income families the opportunity to buy their own home.

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3. Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)

Our OVC programme aims not only to build houses for children orphaned and made vulnerable by the spread of HIV/AIDS, but to significantly reduce their vulnerability by increasing their security and access to basic necessities and services.

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 4. Disaster Response

One key to fulfilling our mission of eliminating poverty housing worldwide is to make disaster response and disaster risk reduction strategies a top priority. With the number and severity of disasters increasing around the world, Habitat for Humanity is called upon more and more to respond.

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5. Housing Support Services (HSS)

Habitat has adapted its model to include non-construction services to allow us to serve more families each year. Our HSS includes training individuals in business and construction techniques and offering micro-finance loans to homeowners to make improvements to their homes.

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6. Gender 

Around the world, women face significant barriers to owning property. At Habitat for Humanity we are committed to promoting gender equality through assisting women in becoming homeowners and advocating against unfair legal practices that prevent women from inheriting or owning property.

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Want to know more?

For more information on the type of work that Habitat for Humanity does around the world, read our blogs or homeowner stories.

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