International Volunteering Countries

Habitat for Humanity works in 70 countries worldwide.

Habitat for Humanity Ireland’s strongest partnerships are with Zambia and Romania. In recent years, we have also sent teams to Malawi, Lesotho, Vietnam, Armenia, India, Nepal, and the Philippines.


Despite Zambia having one of the world’s fastest growing economies, it remains one of the world’s poorest countries. Currently, close to 64 percent of Zambians live under $2 a day and the majority of those who earn more barely make ends meet. Key projects: homes for vulnerable groups and low-income families, water and sanitation, women’s rights; HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment training, advocacy, volunteer engagement.



In Romania, more than 51 percent of children are living in poverty. Some 41.2 percent of people have no bath or shower or access to running water. Over 35 percent of the housing stock in is in a state of complete neglect and needs repairs. Key projects: construction and rehabilitation of homes and apartment blocks, energy efficient housing, disaster response, volunteer engagement.



In the Philippines, nearly four million families are living in unsafe, unsanitary and unsustainable conditions. By 2030, the housing backlog will increase to about 6.5 million units. Key projects: disaster response, urban renewal, awareness raising, advocacy, volunteer engagement.



A significant part of the housing stock in Armenia is in deplorable condition; there are no adequate maintenance and management systems in place. The main problems include insufficient energy insulation, poor condition of the gas, water and sewerage systems and unhygienic conditions of bathrooms and kitchens. Key projects: housing microfinance, energy efficiency upgrades.



In Malawi, poverty is prevalent and about 4 out of 5 families in Malawi live in substandard homes. There are about 1.5m orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi out of a population of 17.3m and approx. 21,000 new units are needed every year for the next 10 years to meet housing demand – this far exceeds supply. Key projects: vulnerable groups housing and support services, water and sanitation, disaster risk reduction and response.



In Nepal, the housing need of the country is acute and growing. At least 40,000 urban housing units are required annually in Nepal. After the 2015 earthquakes, however, the housing need has grown significantly, as more than 498,800 houses were destroyed and over 256,600 houses were damaged. Key projects: rebuild projects, including housing construction facilitation, financial support, community engagement.



Nearly 11 percent of Vietnam’s 90-million population is still living on less than 400,000 Vietnamese dong (US$18) per month in rural areas. Low-income families living in poorly built housing are trapped in annual cycles of repairs. More than half of rural dwellers lack adequate sanitation while more than one third do not have access to clean water. Key projects: community housing development, building disaster resistant communities, housing market development, and volunteer engagement.



There is an immense need for adequate housing in India. Income inequality remains a challenge though the poverty rate has been declining. To meet the country’s vision of a home for all by 2022, India will need to build an additional 20 million housing units. Key projects: decent and affordable homes, ‘Sensitise to Sanitise’ water and sanitation project, Global Village volunteering.



Lesotho is classified as one of the least developed countries globally, with a national population below poverty line estimated at 57.1%. HIV and AIDS is also an impediment to Lesotho’s development as it exacerbates social ills, such as vulnerability among children and poverty. Key projects: vulnerable groups housing programme, Global Village volunteering.


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