INTBAU World Congress
in association with TAG

Local Solutions to Global Challenges
London, 18-19 February 2015

World Congress





Greg Foster (Habitat for Humanity) gave delegates a high-level understanding of Habitat for Humanity’s work, and Aruna Paul, Habitat’s in-country director for Nepal, then provided a closer look at some of the projects and initiatives in Nepal. HRH The Duke of Gloucester, patron of Habitat for Humanity GB, concluded the lecture with a few thoughts, and also set the scene for INTBAU and Habitat for Humanity’s intention to explore possibilities for future collaborations. T Habitat for community

Aruna Paul Simittrarachch is the Habitat for Humanity country representative for Nepal. Habitat for Humanity strives to construct simple, decent, affordable houses and adheres to the highest standards of construction to bring about quality housing even to the poor and the deprived.
Habitat for Humanity has become the first organisation in Nepal to introduce access to adequate and affordable housing in the eastern region of Nepal. Habitat for Humanity Nepal assisted their members by providing training in cost-effective, safe and environmentally-friendly construction technology, and advice on different construction designs


Summary Notes

  • Habitat for Humanity addresses the problem of giving access to the poor
  • Wherever there is a major need by the poor
  • We work with banks to give access. 80000 loans created to people who never had access before
  • Major focus on advocacy of the poor
  • 100 homes in Ethiopia created in traditional manner
  • 1.6 billion people live in poor housing
  • Aruna Paul is Habitat for Humanity director in Nepaul
  • We work in 70 countries
  • Housing in great need in Nepal just one country out of many in Asia
  • We seek government as  partners
  • The government then added housing to its concerns
  • By 2010 helped 10000
  • 50000 helped to date
  • Traditional technology allows people to use their own technology and resources
  • Promotion of traditional technology. Houses are 150 years
  • We have examples of stone houses that have survived earthquakes. People know how to build them
  • Sun dried bricks. People know the technology and we can teach more
  • Santal technology
  • Santals build clay plaster houses last 300 years
  • 50% of houses built of bamboo houses
  • Bamboo grows in 5 years and then ready to be used for houses
  • Walls are of basket work in bamboo and then rendered
  • Ex- kamaiya community where slaves freed in 2001
  • Habitat for Humanity taught them skills
  • More income saving groups have enabled 12 families to build houses without external architecture
  • People are finding a solution to their own problems

    HRH Duke of Gloucester patron of UK Habitat for Humanity also addressed the conference

    • He said we need low-tech houses for the millions
    • INTBAU and Habitat for Humanity will work together