Habitat 67 homes

In honour of Mandela’s 67 years of public service, Habitat for Humanity are building 67 homes for the Nelson Mandela International Build Week in Orange Farm, Gauteng!


Habitat for Humanity South Africa has partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. They will be hosting the Nelson Mandela International Build Week from 17 to 21 July in Orange Farm, Gauteng. Together with more than 4000 volunteers, the organisation intends to build 67 homes, one for every year of Mandela’s public service!

“South Africa’s urban population is growing at a remarkable rate, while at the same time housing costs continue to increase. This prevents low-income families from entering the formal housing market.” – Patrick Kulati, Habitat for Humanity South Africa national director 

In 2013 the strategy of Habitat for Humanity South Africa shifted to building not only homes but entire communities. The community members pinpoint the resources they need and Habitat for Humanity find experts in the field that can focus on finding solutions.

The organisation is encouraging corporates to get involved by volunteering staff to help build and to provide financial resources to uplift a massive community.

Habitat for Humanity South Africa has been involved with the Orange Farm Community since 2008. The current population is estimated to be 1 million – making it one of the largest informal settlements in South Africa.

The initial four year engagement focused on building housing with volunteers, as a way to alleviate poverty. Since 2015 the strategy has evolved to include growing strong community-based leadership.

Through skills and leadership development, community leaders are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to drive their own development.

For more information about the Build Week or to find out how to get involved, visit www.habitat.org.za.

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