Ikhayalami- Shelter for Extreme Social Emergency

Year Execution: 
2009
Country: 
Sudáfrica
Organization in Charge: 
PEP- People´s Environmental Planning
USD: 
20,000
Nº of Families helped: 
25
Zone: 
Urban
Description: 

This project has difficulties to become autonomous in spite of important efforts and achievements. The big challenge is to legitimize an affordable, low cost shelter like the Chilean "mediagua" in a subsidy environment where a conventional "social" house is the only socially and politically acceptable solution even if it is not affordable for the poorest. Our funds would fully subsidize 25 shelters to most destitute families. But a devastating shack fire in Joe Slovo informal settlement in Cape Town presented the oportunity for Ikhayalami to have a massive intervention. To maximize their funds they provided walls for 60 small units while the government supplied the rest of funds to complete the houses. Combining government resources with SELAVIP funds they could assist much more families. The concepts of "social emergency unit" and "informal settlement upgrading" are gradually being accepted in South Africa because of this project. Contact: Andy Bolnick andy@ikhayalami.org