WORLD HABITAT DAY BUILD
“Habitat for Humanity alone cannot address the critical issue of inadequate housing. Together, we can improve lives and communities — at home and around the globe.” Jonathan Reckford
This will take the efforts of business and community leaders, governments and volunteers.
To help address this need, the United Nations in 1985 declared the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day. Habitat for Humanity South Africa participates in this international event because we believe that adequate shelter is critical to improved opportunities, health and education. Uplift your heart, hands and voice and build toward a future of strength, stability and self-reliance.
Palm Ridge Community
The identified project is in the East of Johannesburg, under the City of Ekurhuleni – in Germiston. The project is projected to complete 3000 houses with three different contractors constructing 1000 each. Temi construction is the partner in this project.
It is a green-field project, beneficiaries who are scattered all over east rand including the following informal settlements: Phola Park, Sonkezizwe and Thembalihle.
The housing development is integrated; it includes both RDP and serviced site development. The project will take a period of three years to be completed. Habitat for Humanity SA will be facilitating the community development in this community while hosting build events with Temi Construction.
Challenges that currently face the community include poor infrastructure (poorly tarred roads), ill-equipped school facilities, inconsistent service provision (power failures), leadership conflicts and a lack of skills development training for the community’s youth.
Habitat for Humanity SA has mobilised homeowners to participate in the housing development process. Through shelter, we aim to contribute to meaningful social change and development in Palm Ridge by enhancing capabilities and capitalising on existing resources to build strength, stability and self-reliance on a household level. The programme aims to bring people together to co-create solutions to shelter problems, facilitate access to decent and affordable shelter and to sustain the socio-economic outcomes that emerge from the process.
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