100 Homes for 100 families in honour of 100 years

100 Homes for 100 families in honour of 100 years

Habitat for Humanity volunteers work alongside the home partners to build homes and help build communities.

In Nelson Mandela’s centenary year, Habitat for Humanity South Africa (Habitat SA) in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Department of Human Settlements and local construction companies is honouring Tata Madiba’s legacy by building 100 homes for 100 families in the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

“Creating shared visions for collaboration in shared projects is crucial for a successful result,” says Habitat for Humanity’s national director, Patrick Kulati.

“The Nelson Mandela Foundation focuses on promoting dialogue as a vital instrument for addressing critical social issues and the most effective vehicle for sharing and growing memory. For engaging it in the promotion of justice and social cohesion, this work is an attempt to find sustainable solutions to these critical social issues.

“The Department of Human Settlements is responsible for developing sustainable integrated human settlements in the Western Cape. This means it is tasked with creating human settlements that allow its residents to access social and economic opportunities close to where they live.

“At Habitat for Humanity we believe in a world where everyone has a decent place to live, here in South Africa we bring people together to build homes, communities and hope,” says Kulati.

“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.”

Habitat for Humanity South Africa’s vision is a South Africa in which everyone has a decent place to live. Building strength, stability and self-reliance for under-resourced communities through the provision of shelter. Established in 1996, the South African organisation is represented in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

In 2013 the strategy of Habitat for Humanity South Africa shifted to building not only homes but entire communities. To bring this to life, Habitat SA’s overarching P4 approach – People, Public Private Partnership – has become the driving force behind bringing active citizens together with the help of business and government to address the country’s shelter needs.

Central to its success is ensuring the community is at the centre of the partnership in that they know their needs and what they would like to achieve within their community. Through homeowner training and skills workshops, homeowners, community leadership and community crew members are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to drive their own development.

“Habitat for Humanity SA’s core business is to develop resilience of individuals and communities, especially in the improvement of or access to housing,” Kulati says.

“Build events are crucial catalysts for long-term real transformation and gives corporate volunteers a very powerful introduction to the work of the organisation. They foster greater understanding of shelter, poverty and unemployment issues in the community and build relationships across all cultural divides. Ordinary citizens feel empowered and hopeful when they become more active in the solutions.

“However, the build event is only part of the story. What evolves after the event is the long-term impact we all hope for.”

Volunteer Shari Blanc says: “One of the most rewarding aspects of the build was to work alongside the home partners. The excitement they felt putting together the bricks of their future home was infectious and I am so grateful to have been a part of that. I look forward to the day I can return to visit the new friends I have made.”

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For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Nelson Mandela Day team build from 16 to 20 July, visit www.habitat.org.za.