UPDATE: THANKS SO MUCH to everyone who has donated so far. We reached the target of £40,000 for the construction works in less than 4 weeks with donations both from Scotland and Cape Town. As you will see we have extended the target to £50,000 to include other costs such as Engineer's fees, kitchen fit-out , external works etc. as we know many people who have declared a desire to contribute. Let's keep this going.
We are Don & Lorna McLean who, in January 2017, moved out to Cape Town to volunteer (adventurouslyexpectant.com). One of the specific areas where we have been invited to work is Sweet Home Farm, Phillipi, an informal settlement of 17,000 people living in shacks. Don is involved with an organisation seeking to improve housing provision, and Lorna, through NewDay United, in introducing community services such as health promotion, education, and supporting the development of social enterprise.
Together with the leaders of the community a recent focus has been on the urgent need for a fit-for-purpose community hall which would allow more extensive services, including a health clinic to be introduced, and which would also accommodate larger community meetings of up to 400 which currently have to take place outside. The intent is that the community hall would be built using a simple building technology already demonstrated and accepted within the community which would promote training and employment for community members. The introduction of such a facility would be a huge benefit in so many ways to the community of Sweet Home Farm, bringing hope to people currently living in entirely unacceptable circumstances every day.
Surprisingly, perhaps, this community hall can be built and equipped for approximately £40,000, the price of a typical one-room house extension in the UK, and with your help and generosity we are sure this target can be realised. The funds will be administered for the community by NewDay United (a registered charity).
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