Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh

Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh, a branch of HFH International, was established in 1999 in the city of Mymensingh in the central north region of the country. It currently operates in 5 locations across the country, aiming to break the cycle of poverty that comes with poorly-constructed homes in Bangladesh. HFH Bangladesh has found that improved shelter conditions, especially through a participatory approach in which the household takes a strong role in the improvements, has tangible community, environmental and health-related benefits.

HFH Bangladesh is presently working in the areas of Mymensingh, Dhaka (Dhaka City and Dhamrai Upazila), Netrokona (Durgapur Upazila), Tangail (Madhupur Upazila), Chittagong (Banshkhali Upazila), Khulna (City Area), Bagerhat (Rampal Upazila) and Gazipur (Kaligonj Upazila), with the national office situated in the capital Dhaka. Each working area has an established Habitat Resource Centers (HRCs) office that is equipped with staff and infrastructure to run the Habitat program in its designated area. The centers focus on local research and innovation initiatives, and appropriate technology to deliver the necessary housing solutions to low-income families. Our central program involves working in partnership with low-income families to build secure and sanitary homes. HFH Bangladesh takes a holistic approach to development, conducting activities through Habitat Resource Centers, and working closely with communities, partner organizations and other Non-Government Organizations. Other essential players in the Habitat program are volunteers. Local and international, corporate and community volunteers work alongside the homeowners to donate their time, labor and money to help build houses.

To date, around 9,000 low-income Bangladeshi families have partnered with Habitat to improve their housing, water and sanitation, and living conditions. This represents around 300,000 people who have also received training in microfinance, safe water and sanitation, appropriate construction technology, and disaster response and mitigation.