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Habitat for Humanity Malawi pairs with PWC on decent houses for vulnerable families

Habitata For Humanity HousingThere is a sigh of relief to a 49 year-widow, Rebecca Stephano at Kabwiri village, Traditional Authority (T.A) Karonga in the lakeshore district of Salima for a decent house, Habitat for Humanity Malawi (HFHM) in partnership with the well-known audit firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) is constructing.

 

The development comes following HFHM’s fundraising dinner organized in June 26, 2015 in the capital Lilongwe which business captains, governmental officials, politicians, charitable organizations, companies made commitment to support the institution with funds for the implementation of a 2014-2018 strategic plan.

Pwc was one of the companies felt the need to partner with HFHM to construct a decent house for Rebecca, a mother of five to a tune of US$ 4,000 which is likely to change her family for better.

“We have been subjected to the rainfall water linkages as the house living is in disarray. This affected my children’s school attendance. This is a very good gesture the two institutions have done to us by providing decent house which will change our family for the better”, delighted Rebecca.

In an inclusive interview with The Maravi Post upon laying foundation for Rebecca the house on Friday, September 4, 2015, Kelvin Kalonga, HFHM Operation Manager said there was a great demand for decent houses to vulnerable families which requires collaboration in reducing the gap.

“Almost 80% of Malawians are living in substandard houses as dwellers are subjected to rainfall water linkages, diseases among others. To ease the demand for such services to communities, we are partnering with various stakeholders hence the coming in of Pwc.

“This is the course which the private commercial entities must get in touch with real life on the ground with their resources to change lives. When helping communities with houses, we are also providing them complementary services including property rights, malaria, HIV/AIDS and psychological trainings.

“We also make sure that beneficiaries identified for the initiative are in tandem with the districts’ social welfare and HFHM policies for sustainability. Thus, more support is need to bail out homeless families across the nation hence calling for partnership”, urges Kalonga.

Echoing on the same, Moffat Ngalande, Pcw Associate Director assured the general public with the continual of social cooperate responsibility saying such services help to put structures for the vulnerable children and women for better.

“Pwc is known with auditing works but we are also bounded helping communities with the little available be it time, energy or funds that lives of others are transformed. We will continue supporting unprivileged when need be” assures Ngalande.

HFHM’s financial request from the general public for the 2014-2018 strategic plan of reaching over 750 OVC families with full houses and ventilated improved latrines.

Since, 2009, the organization has rescued over 1,120 vulnerable families especially child-headed families with 300 houses in Salima,Mulanje, Mzimba, Lilongwe, Blantyre and Chinkhwawa as the current report reveals that about 78% of families in Malawi live in substandard housing.

Habitat For Humanity Malawi (HFHM) which was established in 1986, is a non-profit Christian housing organization affiliated to Habitat for Humanity International headquartered in Atlanta, USA aimed at provision of shelter in eliminating poverty and improving the lives of orphans and vulnerable groups in the country.

HFHM’s interventions programs including improved housing and trainings on malaria and HIV prevention , entrepreneurships and vocation skills, property and inheritance through funding from tithe donations and corporate partners such as SOS Children’s Village Malawi, Sitho Group of Companies, Michelle Ren Cole of USA, FDH Bank, Henwood Foundation, Opportunity Bank of Malawi among others.

While PricewaterhouseCoopers, the audit firm has been operating in Malawi for 45 years since 1975. The company came to the limelight this year, 2015, after it released a comprehensive audit data analysis titled, “Final analysis report: Reconstruction of Malawi Government Cashbook for Purposes of further investigation”, on how MK577 billion could not be accounted for in the Malawi government’s bank statements between 2009 to 2014, under Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and People’s Party leadership.

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