The right to adequate housing is a basic human right recognized by all the international laws. The United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has stated that the right to proper adequate housing should not be interpreted narrowly, it should be rather perceived as the right to live somewhere in security, peace, and dignity. Despite the importance of this right in every country’s legal system, the statistics reveal that almost one billion people are not properly housed around the world, while there are millions of people who live in life threatening conditions, in overcrowded slums and urban jungles. Millions other evict, flee, and leave their houses to become homeless due to wars, conflicts, epidemics, and natural disasters.
Home is a concept that takes more than one dimension in one’s life, as it is directly associated with our sense of belonging. Home is not only four walls on a piece of land, it is rather a component of a bigger picture that projects the human life over the course of time. According to the UN, there are more than 930 million slums dwellers in developing countries, where they make 42% of the urban population. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the rates of slum-dwellers staggeringly increased to reach 72%. Slums or Urban jungles are constant threat on the lives of those who dwell them due to the lack of basic services such as proper sanitation, access to electricity and drinkable clean water, and adequate sewage system.
In Qatar Charity, we vowed to bring the gift of “Home” to those who live without a proper roof over their heads. Join us and contribute today.