About Habitat

We’re a non-profit organization that builds homes and provides housing-related services to low-income, marginalized families across India.

Habitat India began operations in 1983 and is today one of Habitat’s largest programmes in the Asia pacific region. It works in partnership with local, grassroots, non-governmental organizations, and micro finance institutions throughout India to provide decent housing.  Every year, tens of thousands of families are helped to acquire new homes or improve existing ones, as well as to access financial and technical assistance. Till date, we have served over 2,07,919 families across 20 states in India.

Habitat India under its ‘Sensitise to Sanitise’ campaign has taken up the mission to build sanitation units and raise awareness on the needs of proper sanitation in India.


Why Habitat?


Initial Trustees

Mr. Christopher Rajkumar

Ms. Indu Kohli

Mr. John Samuel


Our Board of Trustees




Mr. Rustom N. Jeejeebhoy

Mr Joseph Scaria

Ms. Sabira Merchant





Mr. Rajeev Menon

Mr Rajan Samuel

Mr Roland Smith


Trustee and Managing Director




Mr. Shirish Damle



Advisory Committee

The IndiaBUILDS Advisory committee is co-chaired by Smt. Rajshree Birla, Chairperson, Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development Group of Companies, and Mr. Pramit Jhaveri, CEO, Citi, India.

The co-chairs will work in partnership with senior Habitat for Humanity leadership, senior HFH Asia Pacific personnel, HFH India staff and board of directors to provide advice and counsel for the activities related to the IndiaBUILDS campaign.

The mandate of the Advisory Committee is:

Strategic leadership: Provide counsel on the overall plan in such areas as mobilizing supporters, partners, funds, volunteers and overall direction to ensure success of the IndiaBUILDS.

Raise resources and profile: Make and seek donations based on a member’s financial ability; develop a list of potential supporters and donors; make introductions and arrange meetings; and where possible, attend those meetings.

Advocate: Advocate the cause of elimination of poverty housing

Lend support: Lend support to programs under the IndiaBUILDS Campaign viz. Women IndiaBUILDS and John’s RED -Brick AID.




Rajshree Birla Pramit Jhaveri Deepak Parekh

Smt. Rajashree Birla

Mr. Pramit Jhaveri

Mr. Deepak Parekh

Chairperson, IndiaBUILDS Committee
and Chairperson, The Aditya Birla
Centre for Community Initiatives
and Rural Development.

Co-Chair, IndiaBUILDS Committee and
Chief Executive Officer, Citi Group, India

Chairman, Housing Development and
Finance Corporation Limited (HDFC)


Anil Singhvi Asit Koticha

Mr. Sanjay Nayar

Mr. Anil Singhvi

Mr. Asit Koticha

Chief Executive Officer,
KKR India (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts)

Chairman, Ican Investment
Advisors Private Limited

Chairman and Founder,
ASK Group

Elina Meswani

 Gul Kripalani

Navin Agarwal

Ms. Elina Meswani

Mr. Gul Kripalani

Mr. Navin Agarwal

Reliance Industries

Chairman and Managing Director,
Pijikay Group of Companies

Group Chairman, Vedanta Resources Plc and Chairman Emeritus,
Vedanta Limited



Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani

Mr. Sudhir Shenoy

Mr. Mihir Doshi

Co- Founder and Managing Director,
Hiranandani Group

Chief Executive Officer, DOW Chemical
International Private Limited (DOW India)

K S Meenakshi


Senior Leadership Team

Rajan Samuel

Suneel Padale

Sanjay Daswani

Ritwik Sawant

Trustee and Managing Director

Senior Director – Programs and Operations

Senior Director – Information Management Unit and Donor Care

Director – Communications


Fredrick Braganza

Anna Charly


Director – Human Resources

Director – Volunteer Programs


Housing as a Catalyst




Habitat has currently served 2,07,919 families across 20 states in India.


16741 families served with 16 partner NGOs and three affiliates


2475 families served with 11 partner NGOs


8812 families served with 14 partner NGOs


1955 families served with 8 partner NGOs

Focus areas:
• Post tsunami reconstruction programs along with regular housing programs in rural areas.
• HRC Chennai operates through two technical resource centres in Madurai (Tamil Nadu)
and Vijaywada(Andhra Pradesh)
Focus areas:
• Houses for families resettled in slum colonies on the outskirts of Delhi
• Rural housing in the northern states of the country
Focus areas:
• Tribal families in western Maharashtra
• Rural housing  in Maharashtra and Gujarat
• Post-disaster reconstruction program for families affected by floods in 2005
Focus areas:
• Urban housing program for families resettled in slum colonies
• Rural housing program in Karnataka state
• Post-disaster reconstruction program for families affected by floods in North Karnataka in 2009










Highlights of Habitat India’s work since its inception:

2013 is a Milestone year for Habitat India since it marks our 30 year Anniversary as we continue to assist families in fulfilling their dreams of owning a decent home – Inkeeping with our objective of creating “A world where everyone has a dencent place to live”.

April 2013: Nearly 14,000 young people stand up against poverty housing as they collectively raise funds and  build, repair and rehabilitate houses in over 42 sites across 7 different Asian Countries, helping over 600 families receive decent homes at the Habitat YouthBUILD 2013 event. The event set a record for Habitat for Humanity as its largest ever youth volunteer build event in Asia.

May 2012: 5000 young Habitat volunteers laid bricks, mixed cements and weilded hammers on May 12, 2012 to help more than 500 families in 5 countries across Asia Pacific. In India,  5oo volunteers came together to build 45 homes for low income families across 5 states of the country.

March 2012: Habitat launched John’s RED – Brick AID campaign through which real-estate developers and realtors associations will join forces to raise Rs. 100 Crores by donating a Habitat home for every real-estate unit marketed. The campaign aims to build Habitat homes for 10,000 impoverished families across India over the next three years.

February 2012: Habitat India distributed 1000 emergency shelter kits to assist families whose homes were badly damaged by Cyclone Thane along the northern coastline of Tamil Nadu.

January 2012: Indian property firm Pashmina Developers handed over the first installment of a 45-million-rupee (US$ 858,300) donation to Habitat India following a fundraising initiative. Pashmina’s contribution will help over 1,000 families to access decent housing.

October 2011: Habitat India distribute a total of 1,000 emergency shelter kits and 500 hygiene kits to help 9,000 people affected by severe flooding in Orissa.

August 2011: A group of three differently-abled bike riders traveled 6,000 km. and raised 1.475 million rupees (US$30,300) to help Habitat build five houses for flood-affected families in Leh. Habitat India’s disaster response program in Leh rebuilt 24 homes that were completely destroyed in floods and mudslides in Ladakh in August, 2010. Funded through donations, Habitat India provided affected families with safe, environmentally friendly, culturally relevant and disaster resistant shelters.

July 2011: Launch of the IndiaBUILDS campaign in Great Britain. Events to raise funds and awareness included a fundraising dinner with the Indian cricket team, a high tea at The Orangery, Kensington Palace with the Duke of Gloucester and a mock build at the London Business School.

March 2011: Habitat for Humanity International and Habitat India signed a new agreement with India’s ASK Group to secure their investment in the MicroBuild India Fund, a new initiative that will help more than 60,000 low-income families access small loans to improve or repair their homes over the next five years.

February 2011: Corporate supporters spoke for Habitat at a Mumbai dinner co-hosted by the Indian Merchants’ Chamber. Speakers included Ron Terwilliger, former chair of Habitat for Humanity International’s Board of Directors and chairman, Habitat’s Global World of Hope Campaign. The following day, Mr. Terwilliger and Smt. Rajashree Birla, chair of the IndiaBUILDS campaign, joined sixty two volunteers, alumni of premier institutions in India and abroad, at Habitat’s Ivy Leaguer Build in Karjat.

November 2006: One hundred homes were built by more than 3,000 volunteers, including celebrities Brad Pitt, Steve Waugh and John Abraham, during the Jimmy Carter Work Project 2006. The five-day blitz build was held in Lonavala, outside of Mumbai. A Fujitsu sponsored school building was inaugurated in April 2007.



Fact Sheet/FAQs

Habitat for Humanity International fact sheet (frequently asked questions)

1. What is Habitat for Humanity International?

A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that has helped to build over 500,000 decent, affordable houses and served 2.5 million people worldwide.

Our vision: a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda.

2. How does it work?

Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses alongside our homeowner partner families. In addition to zero-interest loan repayments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor into building their Habitat house and the houses of others. Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans. The homeowners’ repayment of home loans are used to build still more Habitat houses.

3. How are partner families selected?

Families in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates.

The affiliate’s family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan.

Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection.

Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses.

4. What are Habitat affiliates?

Community-level Habitat for Humanity offices that act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International.

Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area.

5. Where does Habitat for Humanity operate?


Our operational headquarters are located in Americus, Georgia and our administrative headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

6. How are donations distributed and used?

As designated by the donor.

Gifts designated to a specific affiliate or building project are forwarded to that affiliate or project.

Un-designated gifts are used where most needed and for administrative expenses.

Habitat’s most recent audited financial statement is available online.

7. Who controls and manages Habitat for Humanity International?

An ecumenical, international board of directors.

Board members are dedicated volunteers who are deeply concerned about the problems of poverty housing around the world.

The Habitat headquarters are operated by an administrative staff, professional and support employees, and volunteers.

8. How does Habitat work with the government?

We ask legislators and housing regulators to increase support for affordable home ownership and eliminate poverty housing

We monitor public policies related to housing, community and international development.

We advocate policy choices that increase access to decent, affordable housing for people around the world.

We accept government funds as long as they have no conditions that would violate Habitat’s principles or limit its ability to proclaim its Christian identity.

9. How can I become a volunteer?

Explore our Get Involved section.

10. How can I get more information?

Contact Us.



Habitat is a registered charitable trust registered under the provisions of the Public Trust Act Registration #700 dated 19/1/2005 in the office of the Sub Registrar of Assurance, Mehrauli Tehsil, New Delhi.

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