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 our communities 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.
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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