• 20 Feb 2018

Dave Kovac and his team of 10 Global Village volunteers from the United States have arrived on site in Wallacedene to put their hard hats on and join hands with the Jack family.

Pumla Jack aged 43 is a single mom of three children living in Wallacedene, an informal settlement approximately 45kms outside of Cape Town CBD. Pumla’s husband tragically died in a shack fire many years ago. Life has not been easy for this family and she and her children needed to move several times in search of a better life.

Masonde, aged 20 is the eldest and finished Grade 12. She would like to study entrepreneurship at College and dreams of owning her own business. Ongeziwe, aged 14 is still in school and she dreams of becoming an electrical engineer. Athandwe, aged 8 and the baby of the family wants to be in law enforcement but he may change his mind.

When we visited the family, they were sitting outside because it was extremely warm inside and the tiny space makes it nearly impossible to relax inside. There is only space for a bed and a tiny spot reserved for cooking. The lack of windows and ventilation is very noticeable and this is a safety precaution because criminals enter through the windows when the families sleep.

Pumla’s children have never known anything other than a shack with no water and sanitation. They are ecstatic at the thought of their own brick and mortar home where there is running water, windows, toilets and a place where they can be safe. Pumla is currently employed but she earns a meagre salary that hardly covers their monthly expenses.

This week the US team will not only be building a structure, they will build a new life and help restore dignity to this family who have had to overcome many challenges and heartache in their lives.

Wallacedene Community – Kraaifontein Cape Town

Established during the 1980s when the relaxation of pass laws allowed rural populations to migrate to urban centres, Wallacedene is an informal settlement in the eastern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. Irene Grootboom, respected housing rights activist, lived in Wallacedene.

Margaret Ngaleka, a previous Habitat homeowner, now runs Mza’Momhle Educare, a daycare centre in the township. Since 1996 Margaret and her staff have been providing care to over 80 children a year between the ages of 0 and 6; providing daily nutrition, elementary education and a safe environment in which parents can leave their children while they go to work.

Habitat for Humanity has been working in Wallacedene during their early years of operations when this was still the old housing loan model. We are now partnering with Sbu-Leno in this community.

Thank you for partnering with Habitat as we change communities one family at a time.

If you are interested in booking a team, please email us: build@habitat.org.za or call us on +27 81 840 7968.