Proudly working with Habitat for Humanity
We are thrilled to announce we are working with Habitat for Humanity as our Official Show Charity for 2019.
One in five people across the world live in slums and substandard housing, locking them into a grinding cycle of poverty.
This lack of housing negatively affects their health and well-being, educational prospects, and ability to make a living.
As a charity fighting global poverty and homelessness, our vision is a world where everyone has a safe place to call home. We believe that a decent home helps to permanently break the cycle of poverty and allows families to achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance.
What we do
We believe decent homes are the heartbeat of strong communities.
We also fight for land rights for women, upgrade urban slums and informal settlements, improve access to water and sanitation, and help communities become more resilient in the face of natural disasters.
Working in nearly 70 countries, we support the most marginalised and vulnerable in society. By working hand in hand with communities since 1976, we have provided over 1.3 million homes and helped over 13 million people build a brighter future.
One of the key ways we achieve our vision of a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live, is by engaging volunteers and local communities to work together building homes and community buildings.
Volunteering builds understanding of global housing issues and is a powerful means for empowerment and social inclusion. Our volunteers also raise vital funds to further our mission.
For participants, our international volunteer trips provide nothing short of life-changing experiences. You will have a unique chance to directly contribute to our work on the ground – building alongside our local workers and the family who will receive a new house.
If you are looking to challenge yourself, you've come to the right place. We have an expert team of builders and volunteer coordinators who will help you make it all possible - from fundraising to laying bricks.
Meet Zeles (Zambia)
A few years ago, Zeles’s husband and three adult children sadly passed away, leaving her to care for her three grandchildren Charles, Peter, and Veronica. Sadly, because Zeles earns very little, it was extremely hard for her to afford any decent housing for her grandchildren.
They lived in an old mud structure with poor roofing. Over time the roof began to leak. Their house was always dusty as the floor was made of gravel meaning the family regularly suffered from coughs and respiratory illnesses. The lack of proper windows for ventilation made this even worse.
Building a safe and decent place to call home
In 2017, a group of dedicated volunteers set out to help Zeles to improve the conditions of her house.
"Even when it rains now, we sleep well."
Zeles is happy to report that the house has brought a lot of joy to her family. “The new house was built with quality materials. The rain season now brings good tidings and not worry,” Zeles remarked.
Zeles now lives in a three-roomed sturdy house with a ventilated pit latrine and washroom. The families’ new housing has proper ventilation and cement flooring reducing the occurrence of coughs and colds.
To find out more about the amazing work Habitat for Humanity does you can visit them at the show or head over to their website habitatforhumanity.org.uk
Don't forget you can also donate at our box office when purchasing a ticket.