Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with People’s Environmental Planning (PEP) and Baphumelele Orphanage Home, recently renovated four child-headed shacks in RR Section in Site B.
The shacks were insulated to maintain heat, concrete floors installed and the walls painted.
The children are under the care of Baphumelele Orphanage Home.
This was as a result of Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, who made a call for all its partners to “lift [their] voice, [their] hands and [their] prayers and help raise awareness for the great need for safe, affordable shelters,” on World Habitat Day, which was on Monday, 2 October.
“Our Habitat for Humanity network and partners observed the day with worldwide outreach to proclaim that inadequate housing is morally and socially unacceptable.
The call was headed by the workers who volunteered their services during the Build Event Week.
Patrick Kulati, the national director of Habitat for Humanity, said they also divided the rooms to give privacy to the children.
“This is aimed at giving some level of dignity. The shacks were leaking when it rained and very hot in summer.
The floors were not stable. The shacks were not even lockable. We hope what we have done will be helpful to them,” Kulati said.
Pheliswa Xesi, for child headed- home at Baphumelele Orphanage Home, thanked the partners for making a difference in the lives of the children.
“It is a great thing for the children. The living conditions were very bad and they could not afford to fix their shacks. The children have lot of challenges such as not having food to eat and clothes. Some are on treatment for a chronic illness and have to take the tablets on empty stomachs. They do need help,” Xesi said.
A 22 year-old beneficiary whose name cannot be published to protect her identity, praised the companies.
“I am very happy. The condition of our shack was very bad. It was leaking and water was seeping under the floor. We sometimes run out of food. We depended on Baphumelele for food parcels. We do not even have a bed here,” she said.
Twenty-seven out of 30 homes are going to be renovated.
Some are in Ndlovini, Kuyasa, Site C and other sections in the area.
Habitat is an international, non-governmental, and non-profit organization.