10 October 2017

Namibia: 20 Families to Benefit From Buy-a-Brick Houses

The days of living in shacks for 20 residents of the Berseba village will soon be over.

They are set to benefit from the low-cost housing units being built at a cost of N$32 000 each under the auspices of the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN).

Henrich Amushila, the co-director of the Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG), which supports the activities and processes of the SDFN, said the construction of the one-bedroom houses with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom at the village would be funded through Standard Bank's Buy-a-Brick initiative.

This year, the flagship Buy-a-Brick initiative, which is aimed at mobilising the private sector to assist in alleviating housing shortages through the symbolic sale of token bricks in the form of erasers, has donated N$1,8 million for the construction of low-cost housing under the banner of the SDFN.

Amushila told The Namibian that the first phase of the project during which the construction of eight houses was completed at Berseba begun in August last year.

The NHAG co-director said he was impressed with the spirit that the SDFN members at Berseba, who would soon be owners of proper houses, have shown through hard work and eagerness to improve their living conditions.

Besides the construction of houses at the village, he added that 17 houses funded by Standard Bank's Buy-a-Brick project are also being built in Windhoek and 16 others at Otjinene.

The NHAG has also been tasked by the emergency management directorate in the Office of the Prime Minister to facilitate the construction of 13 more houses destroyed by a rainstorm that hit the Berseba village almost seven months ago.

Although it may look "small", Amushila said they are financially empowering locals to render services such as brick-making, building, plumbing and electrical fittings, and creating awareness amongst the beneficiaries to own the construction process themselves.

He thus thanked the Office of the Prime Minister for entrusting the NHAG with facilitating the construction of houses for disaster-affected Namibians.

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