Improvement of Slums Through Proper Housing (3. phase)

Year Execution: 
2009
Country: 
India
Organization in Charge: 
Shelter for the Poor
USD: 
27,860
Nº of Families helped: 
85
Zone: 
Urban
Description: 

Shelter for the Poor managed to reduce costs in order to include more homeless families in the project. The outcomes are 85 houses (instead of 40 as planned), 8 water sealed latrines (3 more than programmed), 1 community kitchen shade and 1deep tube-well. 10 focus group discussions were organized to select the participants. The slum dwellers had meetings with local government representatives, government officials, etc. A project management committee formed by 8 group leaders was supervised the project implementation. Once the site was selected and a land lease negotiated, the project management committee decided to build 4 rows of houses. Land development was executed with the help of the community, and technical adjustments made possible to build more houses and toilets at a lower cost. Bamboo sachets ere used instead of corrugated tin, with plastic sheets to protect from rain water. This housing project is the first of its kind implemented in Bangladesh by the Shelter for the Poor. It is a feasible and replicable model to work with slums. National and international NGO representatives visited the project and consider to use a similar strategy. Contact: Abu Rayhan Al-Beeroonee albeeroonee@shelterforthepoor.org