Habitat for Humanity Thailand

C/O HFH Asia Pacific Area Office
Families Served Current FY: 183
Total Houses Constructed: 988
House Sponsorship Cost (USD): $3,550

38, Q House 8th Fl, Convent Rd
Silom
Bangkok
10500
Thailand
Phone: +66 26320415
Fax: +66 26320445
E-mail
: pgape@habitat.org

Habitat homeowners stand in front of their Habitat house, sponsored by Cargill.

Rehousing tsunami survivors: Volunteer time and money from corporate supporters and technologies like interlocking bricks have helped tsunami-affected families in and around Phuket to rebuild their lives.

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THAILAND, “THE LAND OF SMILES,”
is one of the great economic development success stories of recent times. Yet the fruits of prosperity are spread unevenly in this tropical Southeast Asian nation.

The government’s National Housing Authority estimates some 8.2 million people live in sub-standard housing. Problems are particularly acute in Bangkok, as the capital has grown into a major metropolis, dwarfing other cities in the country.

Migration from rural areas has placed a strain on the supply of affordable land. Migrants face high rents for small rooms and often live in overcrowded areas plagued by a lack of proper sanitation facilities. Squatter settlements are commonly seen along railway lines or near port and industrial areas.

As a result of the December 2004 tsunami, the government estimates an additional 5,000 to 6,000 families are in need of housing in the south of the country.

Habitat for Humanity began in 1998 in Udon Thani in the northeast. There are affiliates in Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima (also known as Korat), Lampang, Chiang Rai and Khon Kaen. A new affiliate will be formed in Rayong on the southeast seaboard.

HFH Thailand’s tsunami recovery programs are located in Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi and Ranong in the south. To date, several hundred houses have been built with families affected by the tsunami.

HFH Thailand both builds and renovates homes using Save & Build and traditional Habitat models. The Udon Thani affiliate pioneered the “Building in Stages” concept, where Habitat partner families start by constructing a two-room core house with an open space, built on a cement foundation. Additional rooms and walls are built after three years or once a certain amount of the initial mortgage is repaid.

Today, HFH Thailand’s house is approximately 36 square meters in size and comprises four concrete block walls with plaster finish and options for electric wiring and either a water well or plumbing fixtures.

House construction normally takes about 15 days and involves concrete blocks, C-bar roof trusses and zinc or metal roof sheeting. Average monthly repayments are approximately US$21.

HFH Thailand has an active volunteer program. Since 1997, it has hosted teams of volunteers from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, Singapore, South Korea and the United States.


Habitat Highlights

    • Eight major Thai-based industrial companies are supporting a program to build or renovate homes for 60 families in Rayong province.

    • Post-tsunami reconstruction assisted by international volunteers and in-country volunteers from Ford Motor Co. Ltd., Cargill, JW Marriott and Bank of Ayudhya.

    • A First Builder team from Australia was the first team to build in Thailand’s tsunami-affected area in March 2005.

    • Some 56 teams involving 1,093 volunteers including individuals, corporate group, domestic and international, and Global Village teams built in tsunami-affected areas from March 2005 to February 2006.

    • General Motors donated two Chevy Colorado pickup trucks to Korat and Lampang affiliates, while Ford donated four pickup trucks for tsunami projects.

    • From 1997 until January 2006, local affiliates have hosted 78 international teams of volunteers from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, Singapore, South Korea and the United States. Local affiliates have also hosted 36 teams from local organizations, international schools and churches.

    • The Udon Thani affiliate was awarded the “2003 Fuller Award for House Construction” for conceptualizing the “core” house concept and the “2002 Affiliate in Good Standing Award.”


COUNTRY FACTS

Population: 64,444,371
Capital: Bangkok
Area: 514,000 sq. km.
Capital: Bangkok
Ethnic groups: Thai 75%, Chinese 14%, other 11%

Religions: Buddhist 95%, Muslim 3.8%, Christian 0.5%, Hindu 0.1%, others 0.6% Languages: Thai, English, and dialects
 

Affiliates in Thailand

Affiliate Name City Website
Bangkok HFH Bangkok
Chiang Mai HFH Chiang Mai
Lampang HFH Lampang
Nakhon Ratchasima HFH Nakhon Ratchasima 30000
Udon Thani HFH Udon Thani

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