By Daudi Zirimala
Housing for the poor in the country has been cited as one of the key factors that have crippled the social and economic development of the country and Human capital.
Speaking a head of the World Habitat Day on 7th October 2019, Gilbert Omedda Vulnerable Group housing manager Habitat for humanity Uganda said that housing affects every aspect of life because it’s the bedrock of the economy and planning of any country.
He notes that well as housing is solely an individual effort and responsibility, there is need for social housing in order to eliminate poverty housing in Uganda.
According to Gilbert, in a bid to promote affordable housing in the country, Habitant for humanity Uganda embarked on a campaign to build affordable houses to vulnerable groups in districts Mayuge, Fort portal,Kumi among others because every day more vulnerable families like widows, elderly and child headed especially in rural areas find themselves in a struggle to keep a decent roof over their heads.
“For example in Mayuge district vulnerable communities like child headed homes ,the elderly need to be assisted to realize decent living because most of them live in dire conditions with their domestic animals which put their lives at risk”, says Omedda.
As the world commemorates World Habitat Day this year, decent living campaign will be spear headed by different stakeholders as an initiative to improve the lives of vulnerable communities in Uganda through corporate partnerships says Robert Otim the National Director for Habitat for Humanity Uganda.
According to him the campaign is aimed at improving the lives of 20 vulnerable families annually by building the strength, stability and self-reliance of these families through improved shelter, improved access to safe water through the provision of water harvesting tank.
Housing has been universally declared as one of the three essential human needs besides food and clothing and it is much more than a roof.
Speaking about the habitat day, the ministry of lands, housing and urban development Spokesperson Denis Obbo,housing is key to other vital right based services such as access to clean and safe water, environmental sustainability, well planned scenery, right to quality education, safe neighborhoods among others. Good living conditions improve health unlike poor living says Obbo.