NELSON MANDELA DAY BUILD
The Next Chapter – Committing to 10 Years of Change
“We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.” Nelson Mandela
Habitat for Humanity South Africa in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Department of Human Settlements is honouring Tata Madiba’s legacy by building homes for low-income families. Building the South Africa Nelson Mandela dreamed of is only possible if we come together and raise our hearts, hands and voices to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
It was Mandela’s dream to eradicate poverty in South Africa. Habitat SA believes that the security of a home represents the foundation for low-income South African families to break free from their cycle of poverty.
Wallacedene, Kraaifontein Community
Wallacedene is an informal housing settlement in the eastern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. The settlement was established during the 1980s when the relaxation of pass laws allowed rural populations to more readily migrate to urban centres. By 2004, Wallacedene had an estimated population of 21,000 people. The housing rights activist Irene Grootboom 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.
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