Owning a permanent shelter to call home has been recognized as one of the major ways to support the homeless and less disadvantaged, and has resulted into some of our beneficiaries stabilizing in areas of health, mental and physical aspects.
Poverty, unemployment, and lack of affordable housing are some of the common causes of homelessness in Uganda. These risk factors can be aggravated by personal vulnerabilities such as poor health, trauma and violence, domestic violence, justice-system involvement, sudden serious illness, divorce, death of a partner and disability.
Providing housing and shelter for vulnerable families under the FSP TFC project has seen the project address the root causes of homelessness through a range of essential recovery support services including legalizing of land ownership, house construction, and psychosocial support activities that have addressed health related complications.
In this reporting year, FSP TFC project has been able to complete the construction of three houses for three OVC families. The main beneficiaries of these new homes are Gertrude Namatovu, Mai Nanyunja and Hanifah Nassanga.
The completed houses were launched and officially handed over to the families that share a total of 10 children (6 boys and 4 girls) who now boast of having a warm, dry and permanent shelter to call home.
“Where would I and my children be if it weren’t for the love of Martin Hecker? This is a dream come true for us. May God bless him and SOS Children’s Villages Uganda for the support offered to our family,” said Hanifah during the ceremony to hand over her new house.