Spread beyond the borders all the time, Habitat is getting engaged more and more new projects in all parts of the world, far beyond its home turf Kerala.
Started in 1995, School of Housing is the largest informal training facility in the country. Over the years, experts from Habitat have gone out and trained administrators, NGO activists, social workers, architects, engineers and artisans. For the last 12 years, nearly 15,000 workers have been trained in Green Building Construction. Many professionals from all over the world have come to Habitat for professional training in social engineering.
Habitat has been active in disaster mitigate building construction right from 1991. Involved in the rehabilitation activities of gas victims at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The group has designed and built thousands of buildings in disaster-struck areas in Latur, Uttar Kashi, Odisha and Gujarat.
Habitat was also in the forefront of Tsunami rehabilitation works in Srilanka, Maldives and the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Habitat was the project leader for Srilankan reconstruction works and completed 95,000 houses with the aid of German government.
More recently, Habitat has been actively involved in the rebuilding of Kerala after the devastating floods that rampaged many parts of the state. Habitat team provideddoor-to-door cleaning service along with electrical and plumbing support in flood affected houses in three village in south Kerala. Habitat donated Rs. 5 lakhs to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, besides handholding with Aster Homes to built homes for homeless in the post flood scenario. The UNDP entrusted Habitat with the setting up and operation of over 10 shelter hubs in three districts in Kerala.
“Poverty can be a huge catalyst, what we call as slums… 'islands of misery' in India are 'islands of hope' in Latin America!” – G Shankar, People’s Architect.
Habitat has completed several rehabilitation housing projects in tribal, dalit and fishermen colonies across Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Habitat won the National Award constituted by the Govt of India for the slum upgradation works at Veli, Trivandrum.
Substantial amount of community participation has been ensured by utilising the community for the various construction programmes including enlisting their contribution in cash, kind and labour. Further massive awareness, appreciation and application of appropriate technologies have been ensured among the community by taking technologies to the door steps.
Habitat coordinated the total housing scheme at Kollam, Kerala [50,000 houses] as a part of People's Planning Campaign in 1998. It became a national model on community participation, green livelihoods and habitat literacy. This involved massive training and capacity builiding programme among the unskilled, semi skilled and skilled work force on all disaster resistant and cost effective technologies in a user friendly manner.
Habitat has carried out a number of major works for educational institutions like NISH – National Institute of Speech and Hearing in Trivandrum in 1997, KRNIVSA - K R Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science & Arts, Pallikathodu, Kottayam – Kerala in 2014, along with a host of schools, colleges and other institutions.
In 2006, Habitat made history by building thelargest earth building in the world –a 600,000 sq.ft International Training Centre for Christian Commission for the Development of Bangladesh (CCDB) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.