In Nigeria, there is a significant demand for more and improved housing as a result of continuous population growth. Three billion people are living in cities and about 40% of the urban population lives in slums. A lot of people are unable to access conventional housing programmes. Two such citizen groups in urgent need of a place to call their own are the people who are on the run from Boko Haram and those who are dwelling in extreme social emergency. Global NGO Selavip funds local initiatives that provide shelter to people in need. Etex company Nigerite decided to back the cause.
Nigerite supported Selavip in the construction of lightweight construction homes in Owerri, a village in the southeast of Nigeria. The result provides housing for eight families in eight single-room units in two blocks.
The Kadoshi family sought refuge with a relative. Together, they were 11 people huddled in a three-room apartment. “During one of the Boko Haram attacks, we lost everything. But we were lucky to escape to the south with our two children. It was difficult to relocate and we had no accommodation to live in. Now, we finally have a place to call our own.”
Selavip made the new houses as comfortable as possible. The families now have solid shelter and basic hygiene. This not only improves their quality of life, but also makes their community stronger.
Evangelist George Ohiri’s church was burnt down by Boko Haram. “I am grateful to have received so much help, so that I can now provide for my children and go about my everyday responsibilities.”
The pictures above show construction of the houses in progress. Etex company Nigerite donated Kalsi autoclaved, fibre cement boards and assisted with the second phase of the building construction. By using the lightweight construction method, Nigerite was able to build more quickly, completing the project in just eight weeks.
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