Inkanyezi HIV/AIDS Organisation, Orange Farm, Archdiocese of Johannesburg

Words alone cannot express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for your benevolence, this time as regards the provision of much needed shelter improvements to shacks housing 44 families in our OVC programme. We initially budgeted for 36 families to benefit, however this improved to 44, thanks to good procurement management by the whole OVC team.

The cooperation from the community was good and encouraging. 112 adults and 104 children live in these houses and of the benefiting families 8 were from Poortjie, 6 from Drieziek and 30 from Thulamtwana squatter camp.  Of the 104 children 67 were girls and 37 were boys.

The improvements were effected to shacks of different sizes and shapes and preference was given according to need. Once again we want to say “thank you” to SACBC for your generosity towards this noble cause, many in the community are all smiles.

The family of A in Poortjie has 6 members, 5 children (3 boys, 2 girls) and 1 adult (mother). They lived in one roomed old shack, and there was no privacy. The floor was not cemented and had no windows. We built a decent two roomed shack.  Now the family have enough space and hygiene has improved.

The family of B has 7 members, 6 children (4 boys and 2 girls) and 1 (grandmother). They live in Poortjie.  Their roof was old and leaking, there were no window and the door  was broken. When it rained they had to ask neighbours to sleep in their houses.  Security was also an issue as the door was no longer closing properly. We put on new roofing, put in a window and a new door, and  now the family lives happily and safe.

The family of C has 9 members, 7 children (4 boys and 3 girls) and 1 (grandfather).  The shack was too small for the whole family and the rain water was passing through the shack and damaging the little furniture they had in the house, that is why the project  decided to build a house for the family.  The house is completed and the family lives in a safe and warm house.