In Situ Upgrading In Glenwood 2 (ex Mkondeni Sacca)
North East Sector 2 (NES2) community was approved because the original beneficiaries (Mkondeni Sacca) were
still in a legal fight to avoid the community’s eviction. The project assisted 40 households with building materials and technical support to improve their informal houses. Beneficiaries selected by the Development Committee are mostly pensioners, physically and mentally handicapped, child headed households and unemployed. By bulk tendering for materials the suppliers offered a discount for volume sales, so the value of the SELAVIP fund was “stretched”. 38 of the 40 houses are constructed to roof height. Beneficiaries have learned valuable lessons from the building advisors about block laying, and they regard the SELAVIP project as a tool to better things. The project gave the beneficiaries a sense of belonging and social lifestyles changed for the better. Self help building also fostered interaction between participants making the project sustainable. Contact: Cameron Brisbane firstname.lastname@example.org.