About the World Habitat Ambassadors Foundation
Over the last 40 years there has been a rapid social, economic and political change around the world. The early twenty first century is a period of enormous social change. Our world is being reshaped by globalization, rapidly developing technology, climate change, polarizing wealth and a growing population exploiting limited resources. These changes are having a profound impact on where and how people live. All too often the worst effects are felt by the most vulnerable people and those on the lowest incomes.
The World Habitat Ambassadors Foundation was founded to help the vulnerable people with the lowest incomes especially in the rural area’s seek affordable shelter and also provide them with basic housing amenities required to sustain a healthy, safe and secure habitat. by working with relevant authorities and partners.
The World Habitat Ambassadors Foundation core values are: dedicated to achieving the set-goal for urban development, the SDG which calls to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. As part of our programs to the support the SDG and United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless and the World Habitat Day, we are gradually achieving our goals by partnering and working with several Government Agencies, Government Parastatals, Companies and Individuals, Nationally and Internationally.
The World Habitat Day is celebrated every first Monday in October every year. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all, to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.
About the World Habitat Leadership Summit/Conference and International Honors
We set up the World Habitat Leadership Summit/Conference and International Honors as part of our efforts to encourage those Men and Women, Institutions, Companies. Corporate Bodies, Agencies that has been in the forefront in terms of humanitarian and philanthropy.
The awards is to celebrate and appreciate the effort of certain Individuals, Organizations, Corporate Bodies, and Government Parastatals that have shown dedication to the growth and development of Africa and have being in the forefront in addressing peculiar and generic issues affecting Urbanization, Development, Environment, and Human Capital Development in providing practical, innovative solutions to current housing needs, with a particular focus on decent, affordable, health and safety housing.
What we do
WHAF carries out a range of research and knowledge transfer activities, both in Africa and Internationally.
We organize the World Habitat Leadership Conference/Summit and International Honors every year, run peer exchanges to winning projects and are managing several projects focused on children’s healthcare, homelessness and community-led housing.
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Our Vision and Mission
WHAF believes that everyone should have access to decent housing, safety and proper hygiene.
When we say that housing should be decent, we mean that it should:
- Healthy environment
- Proper durable shelter from the elements
- Be sufficiently affordable that other basic needs can be met
- Provide secure tenure without fear of eviction
- Have access to clean water and sanitation
- Be large enough for the household
- Be energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
- Offer access to livelihood opportunities and health and education provision
- Promote a sense of safety, well-being and belonging
How are we going to achieve our vision?
WHAF is working to help people access decent healthy and secure housing through identifying innovative housing policy and practice, promoting these ideas and examples and supporting the exchange and transfer of good practices.
WHAF has being working in collaboration with other agencies, organizations, and institutions all over the World.
WHAF Strategy 2016 -30
What we do and why we do it
The 21st century is a period of enormous social change. Our world is being reshaped by globalization, rapidly developing technology, climate change, polarizing wealth and a growing population exploiting limited resources.
These changes are having a profound impact on where and how people live. They bring threats of social division and conflict. All too often the worst effects are felt by the most vulnerable people and those on the lowest incomes.
But change also brings opportunities. The early twenty first century is proving a period of abundance for creative new ideas, for realizing innovative thinking and for advancing the way homes are provided and the way in which people live.
At WHAF we want to make the most of these opportunities and help spread the beneficial effects to those most in need.
- To promote social and environmentally sustainable human settlements, development, urbanizations and achievements of shelter for all.
- To promote environmental sanitation, personal hygiene and healthy living.
- To promote World Habitat Day and Shelter for all through such programs as summits, workshops and conferences.
- To promote education in rural areas especially on adequate proper shelter developmental areas.
- To encourage human capacity building through schemes and job creation, using small and medium scale enterprises.
- To promote culture, cultural pride, intercultural communication and religion tolerance.
- To partner with like-minded organizations towards achieving the above-mentioned aims.
WHAF is a registered NGO whose objectives are to carry out research into all aspects of residential housing and publish the results of that research. As a non-profit making organization limited by guarantee, it has no shareholders and all its funds are used to deliver its charitable objectives.
WHAF is governed by a board of directors, who are also the trustees of the Foundation. WHAF has a small, dedicated team of staff and works in collaboration with a range of organizations throughout the world.
WHAF is financially dependent, deriving its income from donor agencies, individuals, companies and parastatals. We have a liaison office located in the F.C.T, Abuja in Nigeria with representatives in the United States of America and Canada.
Through our work we have developed a global network of innovative organizations who share our goal of better, safety, healthy housing. International links have been established both within Africa and beyond.
At WHAF we sought to encourage self-help and self-reliance, encouraging people to recognise and use their own skills and abilities. Within our local area, WHAF is constantly supporting and helping in promoting the core values of selfless services and pioneering new ways of helping the downtrodden; i.e orphans, older and disabled people to live independently in their own homes.
We will never shy away from tackling the most difficult issues – always seeking to identify solutions to the most challenging problems and actively bringing people together to solve them. For example, with the increasing dramatically number of displaced persons in Nigeria, devastating effects on millions of children, women and men, WHAF led the way in bringing together people to help bring succor to the IDP’s and find workable solutions.
World Habitat Leadership Honors and Advisory Group
The World Habitat Leadership Honors Advisory Group who select the finalists of the Awards, include housing experts, health experts, safety expect with a wide range of experience.
The membership of the Group is not fixed and the experts undertaking this part of the assessment change from year to year.