Located in the horn of Africa, Ethiopia is sometimes called the “cradle of mankind” because of the discoveries of large numbers of ancient hominid fossils there. It is also one of the 10 poorest nations in the world.
A staggering 90 percent of the population has no access to decent sanitation facilities, and 73 percent of the population does not have safe drinking water, causing disease to run rampant. Homes are often cramped, with dirt floors, leaking roofs and no windows or doors, leaving occupants vulnerable to the weather, insects and rodents.
Habitat for Humanity Ethiopia began construction in 1993 and has since expanded to building houses in 13 communities. Most houses are in urban and semiurban areas within a 250-mile radius of the capital city, Addis Ababa. Habitat Ethiopia builds predominantly “improved chika” houses, improved versions of traditional housing styles. These are popular because they are affordable, quick and easy to build and require mainly local materials such as wood, soil, sand and stone.
Habitat Ethiopia also recently started undertaking “Water and Sanitation” and “Kitchen Improvement” projects.
Habitat regularly sends Global Village teams to assist homeowner partners; the volunteer labor can save the homeowner 10 to 20 percent of the cost of the house, making a new home attainable. Your generous donation to a Global Village team to Ethiopia helps support our work of building simple, decent, affordable homes.
About Global Village
Global Village is Habitat for Humanity’s international volunteer program. Teams travel to over 40 countries to work alongside communities, build housing solutions, and experience local culture. Our goal is to change the lives of the people we serve, as well as the lives of the volunteers.
To join a team or learn more, visit www.habitat.org/gv.
About Habitat for Humanity International Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 3 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit habitat.org.