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Overview of Pelican Park.
Pelican Park is the first and the largest Integrated Residential Development in the Western Cape. Located on an 80-hectare plot of land next to Zeekoeivlei in Grassy Park, Cape Town, the community is a diverse melting pot of families from outlying areas.
When the Greenfields development project was conceived, little or no attention was given towards the essential need to foster community cohesion. That’s where we came in.
Habitat for Humanity began partnering with the Pelican Park community and the Power Group, the contractor in charge of the construction, in 2013. As the young community continues to grow, Habitat plays a valuable role in linking community members with resources and services to further their own growth and development.
”It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all,
especially the poor, vulnerable and marginalised.”
~ Nelson Mandela, at his 90th Birthday Dinner, Hyde Park, London, England, 25 June 2008
Every community needs its own champions to drive lasting change. Therefore Habitat for Humanity mentors and supports the Pelican Park Home Owners Association (PPOA) in their leadership journey.
Developing Local Governance
Since developing their Constitution, the PPOA has grown into a robust organisation and a strong inspirational force within the community.
The PPOA, along with its newly established youth club, are now able to identify their community’s needs and leverage resources to address these issues. They planned and implemented Pelican Park’s first health and safety workshop, a Message of Hope Talent Day (bringing over 250 community members together for a day highlighting local talent, and also a Youth Empowering Day.
To lead any change, it is important to understand a community’s untapped potential and knowledge. We do this through a “sustainable livelihoods assessment,” or Social Scoping process. In 2015, this process was completed and the PPOA developed their Community Action Plan (CAP) – a roadmap to meet the community’s needs and development priorities.
In 2016, as part of our Monitoring and Evaluation process Habitat rolled out the Poverty Stoplight Tool (PSL) with 100 households to enable home partners to assess their own poverty status and map their way out of it. Through the journey out of poverty, a coach provided mentoring services to support and encourage households. Habitat and our partners will also run an entrepreneurship programme alongside the PSL to foster budding business development within the community.
The Community’s Development Journey
In partnership with Habitat and other partners, the PPOA leaders are addressing gender, drug/alcohol, and homeownership issues within their community:
The PPOA launched the first annual Women’s Conference in August 2016. This aims to encourage and empower women to contribute to a positive change in their homes and communities.
Habitat facilitated the introduction between the PPOA and the Anti-Drug Alliance, who then created a local office to address drug and gang acitivity.
In our journey to empower communities, local home partners were trained on Do-It-Yourself topics and encouraged to make minor improvements around their home. The workshop equipped the first-time homeowners with skills and knowledge on house maintenance.
These multi-dimensional projects in Pelican Park showcase our development approach. Communities know their needs and want to work towards solutions. We partner with them to make this a reality.
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