Roger helped found C-space, focused on helping the third sector with property decisions. All the Directors of C-space are actively involved with Charities, are experience Trustees, and understand properties and charities more than most! If you are a Charity and need property help, contact us.
Safehands is a social enterprise, and is committed to Companies fulfilling ethical standards and delivering Corporate Social Responsibility objectives. Roger has engaged with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Habitat for Humanity, to build new homes for people living in shacks in Cape Town, 12 in September 2009 and 15 in September 2008. We completed 12 houses in just one week in May 2007, photos here
The Desmond Tutu Community Build No More Shacks!
The challenge - to build 15 houses in just one week! Join us and help give South Africans living in urban poverty the opportunity for a better future.
Saturday 6th to Sunday 14th September 2008, Cape Town, South Africa
We are offering you the chance to come with us! We are looking for 15 teams of 12 people, to spend one-week building homes that will change the lives of 15 families forever. Will you join us on the Desmond Tutu Community Build for the experience of a lifetime?
Each volunteer team will work with the chosen homepartner family, who are currently living in a shack, to build their new home in just 5 days.
Help families like the Yibe's who became homeowners on the 2007 build
By sweating, laughing and working together with the new homeowners, their friends and neighbours, and other volunteers, you will accomplish this seemingly impossible task.
As the cement walls go up, other walls come crashing down walls between language and gender, colour and culture. Most of all, you will have helped ensure that 20 families can face the Cape winter with the certainty that leaking roofs and cold winds driving through rickety shacks are a thing of the past.
Thousands of people live in overcrowded conditions in shacks.
Nearly half the 45 million population live below the poverty line. And almost 10 million South Africans live in poverty housing nearly 1 in 5 of the population. The housing backlog alone is estimated at 2.5 million houses. In addition to the enormous need for housing and services, rapid urbanisation and the effects of Apartheid have resulted in a fracturing of traditional structures, families and community.
Hailed as the miracle nation, South Africa made the peaceful transition from Apartheid to democratic government in the spirit of unity in diversity. Now, a new challenge is facing South Africa: the challenge to build a brighter future and end poverty housing.
You and your friends can help! So get involved!
The Desmond Tutu Community Build is a great opportunity to put your desire to 'do something' into practical action that will make a real difference. As you demonstrate your care to a community in need, you will experience township life, and most of all you will help a family build their new home changing their lives forever. There is one more thing...this may change your life as well!
Interested?To find out more, please download the Desmond Tutu Community Build brochure (PDF 1.5MB).
Use our online form to register your interest. Go to our online form. You can also download Desmond Tutu build FAQs (PDF 170KB).
See photos from the Desmond Tutu build 2007.In partnership with:
To find out more for yourself, details of the itinerary, or support aranging for an entire team of friends or from your
company, please email me here.
The house we built, with Stembiso and Busi the new homeowners!
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