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The rapid, global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic reveals the extent of the global housing crisis and the vital importance of safe homes.

“Home has rarely been more of a life or death situation,” Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing.

Governments around the world have called on people to stay safe by staying at home. Public health campaigns remind people that washing hands regularly is critical in tackling the disease.

The reality for 1.8 billion people worldwide who live in grossly inadequate housing - often in overcrowded conditions, lacking access to water and sanitation – is that they are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and to other diseases. 

Roughly 40 percent of the world’s population does not have access to basic hand-washing facilities. — WHO and UNICEF

Housing is critical in breaking the cycle of poverty, that’s why Habitat has focused on bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope since it began.

Around the world, in the poorest communities, Habitat is implementing emergency COVID responses. We have already delivered 200,000 emergency hygiene kits in India, we are building an emergency centre in Romania to ensure medical teams are able to serve their community of 65,000 In Zambia, where 36% of the population do not have access to a basic water service we will focus on community education and hygiene a well as ensuring access to clean water. At our housing project site in Makululu, we will sink a communal solar powered borehole to supply safe water for the whole community. Read more about Habitat's COVID response in the most vulnerable communities here.

Samuel's Story

During these challenging times, one young boy decided to challenge HIMSELF to raise money for Habitat.

Read Samuel's Story now

Inspired by Samuel and want to join our #AtHomeChallenge?

  • 1. Choose your Challenge!

    You could host a virtual Afternoon Tea, camp out in your garden, build homes from Lego, or be like Samuel and get moving - the average distance people in the developing world walk to collect water is 6km. How far could you walk, run or climb? (Just make sure its safe and if you are under 18 that your parents/guardians know!)

  • 2. Create your Emergency fundraising page

    Follow the link below to create your Charity Checkout page and raise funds for the most vulnerable!


    Share the link with family and friends and invite them to support your efforts

  • 4. Raise £25 and we will send you a special Habitat T-shirt!

    Raise £100 and you will be entered into a draw to win family cinema passes!

Get started NOW!

Create your Charity Checkout page now and join our #AtHome Challenge!

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