Everyone needs the basic right to adequate Shelter

As Habitat for Humanity as excited as they mark their 40th anniversary celebration in Uganda. Since 1982, Habitat for Humanity has built and improved over 1.5 Million people and supporting over 2,000 youth to acquire vocational training.

Everyone needs the basic right to adequate Shelter
Otim Robert, Habitat for Humanity Uganda National Director

UGANDA - On Monday October 3, 2022, Habitat for Humanity joined with their partners in Uganda to recommit and rededicate themselves to recognizing the basic right to adequate Shelter. As Habitat for Humanity as excited as they mark their 40th anniversary celebration in Uganda. Since 1982, Habitat for Humanity has built and improved over 1.5 Million people and supporting over 2,000 youth to acquire vocational training. They have also provided Technical assistance and affordable housing solutions to over 10 financial institutions who have in turn supported millions of Ugandans to own decent homes incrementally.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary, they launched the rural model house that was built with interlocking soil stabilized blocks and also launched the urban prototype on 7th August in Garuga Entebbe. These 2 houses cost UGX 18,000,000 and UGX 32,000,000 respectively and are some of the approaches that the organisation are using to increase and enable more Ugandans access low cost housing and live decently. Also, another event during the 40th anniversary celebration will be the Uganda Housing Symposium on 7th October 2022, at Speke Resort Munyonyo where housing innovations and best practices across Africa and improve sector wide learning.

At Habitat for Humanity, we believe that:

No one can live decently until everyone can live decently. We also believe that a decent home is a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, a cornerstone for public health, a springboard for delivery of SDGs and NDP III, a catalyst and driver for economic recovery.

Everyone of us deserves the opportunity for a better future. During this World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity draws attention to the important role decent housing plays in eliminating barriers to a better, healthier, more financially stable life.

As the significant economic impacts of COVID-19 continue to unfold and the recent outbreak of Ebola, the number of families struggling to make ends meet in Uganda is only growing.

According to Otim Robert, National Director Habitat for Humanity Uganda,they are committed to mobilizing their partners, volunteers and community members across Uganda and beyond to find the solutions and help create the policies that will improve home affordability for millions of individuals. In collaboration with Governments and partners, Habitat for Humanity in Uganda will launch 2027 strategic plan that will focus on tackling issues around: Affordability, Habitability, Basic Services, Tenure Security, Climate Change, Youth and Equality.

Everyone deserves to build the foundation for a stable, healthy future for themselves and their families -no matter who they are, where they live or how much money they earn.