“We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.” – Nelson Mandela
2018 will mark a major milestone in the incredible story of Nelson Mandela – his 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 across three provinces; Western Cape, Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal.
Creating shared visions for collaboration in shared projects is crucial for a successful result. The Nelson Mandela Foundation focuses its work 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 that they are 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 the organisation’s national director Patrick Kulati.
“It’s almost seems impossible until its done” – Nelson Mandela
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.
Every hand makes a difference
Habitat for Humanity SA’s core business focuses on developing resilience of individuals and communities, especially as it pertains to the improvement of or access to housing. As such, Build Events are crucial catalysts for long-term, real transformation and gives corporate volunteers a very powerful introduction to its work. It fosters greater understanding of shelter, poverty and unemployment issues in the community and builds relationships across all cultural divides. Ordinary citizens feel empowered and hopeful when they become more active in the solutions.
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 spoke of her experience working with Habitat for Humanity: “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.”
Use the following hashtags to increase awareness for the Nelson Mandela Day Team Build Week.
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“Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.” – Nelson Mandela