September 16th, 2010
MOSHANENG, BOTSWANA: 16 September 2010 – Habitat for Humanity Botswana and Barclays Bank launched their vulnerable group housing program in Moshaneng today. One million Pula will be going towards building 32 houses for 30 destitute families.
The Vice President, Lt. Gen. Mompati S. Merafhe, was the guest of honour and the keynote speaker at the event.
“The fact that Barclays Bank of Botswana has embarked on a P1 million project, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, geared towards providing homes for thirty destitute families in Moshaneng deserves our commendation,” said Merafhe in his written speech.
The village of Moshaneng lies some 20km north west of Kanye and experiences a very high level of poverty. The homesteads are mostly dilapidated.
Habitat for Humanity Botswana is the implementing partner and 16 houses are already under construction. They are expected to be finished by the end of October. The other batch of 16 will be constructed once these first 16 have been completed.
Merafhe described Habitat’s model where partner families contribute with their own labour as “encouraging”. “[This is] an example that other communities who have benefitted from similar initiatives should emulate. I am informed that the families, for whom Barclays [and Habitat] will build houses, were selected with the assistance of the village leaders including the Kgosi, members of the Village Development Committee and the social worker for the area. The average size of each family is ten and mainly consists of one or two adults over the age of 65 – mainly grandmothers- and children,” he said.
The acting managing director of Barclays Bank, Wilfred Mpai, said the bank’s projects are intended to uplift the lives of the people of Botswana.
In closing the Vice President asked the partner families to treasure their homes by “ensuring that these houses are properly maintained as symbols of hope and humanity”.
About Habitat for Humanity Botswana
Habitat for Humanity Botswana began in 1991 at the invitation of the former President, Sir Ketumile J. Masire. The first affiliates were in Ghanzi, Francistown, Kanye and Kasane. HFHB is now working in 17 communities. HFHB houses measure approximately 20–34 square meters and consist of one to two and a half rooms. The houses are made of cement blocks, concrete floors and corrugated iron roofs. All the houses have external pit latrines, which considerably improve health. For more information visit the website .