Ndola City Council (NCC ) Mayor Davis Chiwala says his council is aware of the fundamental role that the housing sector can play when taken as an economic investment.
Mr. Chiwala says said this during the handover ceremony of three houses worth KR75 000 in Ndola’s Chipulukusu compound to vulnerable families built by Habitat for Humanity Zambia in partnership with Samaritan Strategy Foundation of Zambia.
Mr. CHIWALA said his council was grateful to Habitat for Humanity Zambia for being a true partner in uplifting the social and economic status of disadvantaged communities in Ndola.
He said Ndola City Council has a number of policies and strategies that aim at addressing the challenge of housing and that the contribution of three houses cannot go unrecognised as Zambia’s housing deficit stood at two-three million.
He noted that housing inadequacy can have adverse impacts on the health, general cleanliness and wellbeing of society as well as the environment.
He said availability of decent and affordable housing is an important requirement in national development.
He urged the beneficiaries to take good care of the houses and called on other Non Governmental Organisations to adopt pro-development practices by supporting tangible programmes.
And speaking earlier Copperbelt Programme Officer Waverson Hamuchakwi who represented National Director JOSEPH MUNSANJE for Habitat for Humanity Zambia said civil society was committed to compliment government efforts of eradicating poverty housing in the country.
Mr MUNSANJE said Habitat for Humanity has constructed complete houses with ventilated and improved pit latrines for 23 families in Chipulukusu compound since 2010.
Mr MUNSANJE said about 200,000 housing units should be built each year to make up the deficit and that habitat for Humanity Zambia would assist the government to reach the targets.
He said Habitat for Humanity Zambia is committed to engage and work with various stakeholders to better the lives of many Zambians.
And speaking one of the beneficiaries BUPE MPONDA who spoke on behalf of the other vulnerable families thanked Samaritan Strategy Foundation of Zambia for identifying them and Habitat for Humanity Zambia for giving them shelter.