“Do it yourself! Do it yourself!” was the resounding chant at the conclusion of Habitat’s Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Home Improvement Workshop on Nelson Mandela International Day. At the workshop in Orange Farm Ext. 6 in Gauteng, the community was empowered with knowledge and skills to make their homes safer and healthier for their families. Meanwhile in the Western Cape, the Mfuleni community mobilised for 67+ minutes to clean a local community hall.
On Madiba’s birthday (18 July), over 120 participants from Orange Farm Ext. 6 came to Isiboniso School for a special workshop. There they learned how to do incremental upgrades and repairs to their homes.
The participants split into groups to learn about tiling, electricity, painting, and plumbing. As the day wore on, their confidence in their abilities grew. In the words of Vuyiswa, a 22 year old participant from a childheaded household, “I have the knowledge and experience now! I have the confidence!”
Meanwhile in Mfuleni outside of Cape Town, Habitat worked alongside the local leadership to mobilise the community for 67+ minutes of service. Over 90 community members gathered to clean up a local hall that had been damaged in protest action. While the community was excited to commemorate Madiba’s legacy with their own volunteer time, Habitat and the leadership also facilitated important conversations about the importance of non violent protests and accountability for local resources.
Together with teams of active citizens, Habitat and the Ext. 6 community will build on their inspiring DIY initiative during our Team Event 7 – 11 November 2016 in Gauteng, where we will help make critical home repairs to the homes of vulnerable families.
YOU can be a part of the change, too. Sign up for more information and to book your team for our Team Event in Orange Farm, Gauteng 7 – 11 November 2016.