Habitat gives shelter to 24 families in Salima


Habitat for Humanity Malawi (HHM) has constructed 24 houses for needy families in Salima District as part of its poverty alleviation drive.

The project, funded by a United Kingdom-based firm, Touchstone, is being implemented in senior group village head Chimombo in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kalonga and has cost over K100 million over three years.

Speaking during the project’s inspection on Monday, Touchstone acting managing director Simon Barton said he was impressed with the project.

Touchstone officials interact with children in front of one of the houses

“We want is to ensure that poor families and those with orphans have good housing. We are happy that we have contributed towards lessening the lack of shelter burden facing the needy,” he said.

Each house has a living room, two bedrooms, a veranda, a bathroom and a toilet. The cost of one house is about $5 500 (about K4.5 million), according to HHM.

HHM global village officer Andrew Kachimanga said they are happy that the project has been implemented within its time frame.

He said they expect all the houses to be ready for occupation by the end of the year.

One of the beneficiaries of the project, Eneless Eneya, said her house used to leak, thereby soaking food, clothes and other things.

She thanked HHM for the gift.

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