Government assists Shack Dwellers Federation

04 Oct 2016 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 04 OCT (NAMPA) – All funds have benefited Shack Dwellers Federation (SDF) members, some of whom are pensioners, persons living with disabilities, street vendors, domestic workers, and single mothers in Namibia.
SDF leadership representative, Ottilie Nailulu said this during the launch of Standard Bank Namibia's second phase of the Buy-a-Brick initiative at Otjomuise in Windhoek on Friday.
The government has allocated about N.dollars 7 million in 2016/17 financial year towards the SDF of Namibia for the construction of 213 houses in the country.
She added that the government has also, through the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, allocated N.dollars 8 million for servicing approximately 800 plots in Gobabis through community-driven housing projects to upgrade informal settlements.
During the 2015/16 financial year, the SDF was allocated N.dollars 7.5 million.
Nailulu noted their other partners are Ohorongo Cement, First National Bank of Namibia and Pupkewitz Foundation, who provided a total of N.dollars 3 million for the construction of 91 houses in the country.
In June 2016, Standard Bank's phase-one of the Buy-a-Brick initiative collected about N.dollars 1.4 million towards the SDF in Rehoboth for the construction of 40 houses.
She said the federation has about 22 300 members with 723 groups and have saved over N.dollars 25 million.
Nailulu highlighted one of the challenges facing members as the lack of proper structures, which are vulnerable to fire, flood and heavy wind.
Speaking at the same occasion, Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development Silvia Makgone thanked the SDF and Namibia Housing Action Group for their active involvement in communities fighting poverty.
“There are reasons to believe that we can succeed in our search for better prospects for our people. From access to small loans, organising communities through saving schemes, learning from each other while doing the work and sharing information; these are real and proven steps that you have taken to make a difference between success and failure in the cycle of poverty and inequality.”
Makgone said over 20 years of collective efforts to fight poverty in the country show that there are no quick or easy solutions, but the SDF has proven through their activities that there are so many ways to fight inequality and poverty in the country.