WOMEN’S BUILD: Women Accepting the Challenge of Housing (WATCH)
“There is no limit to what we as women can achieve.” Michelle Obama
When women build, families succeed, communities grow and generations thrive.
Our women and children are the population’s most likely to be affected by poor living conditions – they suffer daily from a lack of privacy and are vulnerable to abuse and crime. This Women’s Build event provides the opportunity for women to take a proactive step in serving their communities – offering other women and their families a hand up toward strength, stability and self-reliance.
Umgababa Community – Wards 99 and 100
In 2008, Habitat for Humanity SA entered into a partnership with the Umgababa community (Wards 99 and 100), the National Department of Human Settlements, the KZN Provincial Department of Human Settlements and the Ethekwini Municipality. Habitat SA was appointed as the Community Resource Organisation (CRO) to provide organisational, technical and financial support to the community-based organisation (which is the committee representing the community). Highlights of the programme achieved to date includes:
2008 – Supporting the growth of a strong, representative, accountable and transparent community-based leadership committee structure through the facilitation of Habitat SA’s leadership capacity building programme.
2014 – Facilitating the utilisation of Asset-Based Community Development processes to intentionally identify human competencies, physical assets and other resources in the Umgababa community.
2015 – The Sustainable Livelihoods Analysis Tool was used to identify the main constraints and opportunities expressed by poor and marginalised people in Umgababa.
2016 – A Community Action Plan (CAP) was developed to prioritise the community’s needs and identify gaps in service provision and support.
2017 – Facilitating processes for the community to identify suitable partners (in line with our P4 approach) to formalise sustainable partnerships to address under-resourced areas.
2018 – Habitat SA is appointed by the KZN Department of Human Settlements to work with the community of Umgababa in South Durban as they build 1000 housing units. This is a special needs housing project under the Enhanced Public Housing Process policy guidelines.
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