HFH India program beneficiaries are selected from the vulnerable, economically weaker sections and marginalized groups which include scheduled tribes, scheduled caste and other backward class communities, rural and urban poor and disaster-affected families. In addition to building homes, Habitat is involved in integrated programs that extend to areas in livelihood, water and sanitation, disaster mitigation and preparedness which promote the improvement of the overall quality of people’s lives.
The funds raised through Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2015 will be utilized for poverty elevation by eradicating poverty housing
"I remember, last year during the monsoon. It rained so heavily that our entire mud house was flooded. I couldn't use the chulha and we had nothing to eat. I'll never forget those months. As a mother, when your children have to go hungry, even for one night, it is something you don't forget.
I live in Nandgoan village, Karjat where most of us earn a living working as agricultural field labourers. On an average, people here earn about 7,000 a month . It's enough to cover our basic needs but not enough to fix the roof or build a pakka house. I have four children to feed and send to school, so repairing my home was not affordable at that time.
However, to my great relief, a group of young volunteers from Habitat for Humanity India came to build my home in May, 2012. My family and I worked on laying the foundation and with the help of this group of young people we built my new home. It was our first step towards owning a dry, safe and decent place to call home. We made a separate room for a kitchen so now I will never have to worry about being able to cook during the monsoon."
Asha Kathe is one of six beneficiaries who received homes on May 12, 2012 through the Habitat YouthBUILD campaign. Habitat India has built homes for over 2300 families in Karjat alone since 2006.