World Habitat Day takes place each year on the first Monday of October. This year, John Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International made a call for all Habitat for Humanity partners to “lift [their] voice, [their] hands and [their] prayers and help raise awareness for the great need for safe, affordable shelter”. OLX has partnered with Habitat for Humanity, acting on a shared vision to make the world a better place by building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. This partnership is particularly apt this year, as Habitat for Humanity SA celebrates its milestone 21st birthday.
Habitat for Humanity SA believes that everyone deserves a decent place to live. Adequate shelter is a critical foundation for the creation of improved opportunities, health and education in the country. With that in mind, Habitat for Humanity partners with communities, government, donors and the private sector to construct and improve shelter for South Africa’s low-income families through Volunteer Build Events.
The OLX team will participate in the World Habitat Day Team Build Week at Mfuleni Township near Kuils River, just 30 kilometres outside Cape Town, during the week of 30 October to 3 November.
“OLX cares about its people, the communities they live in, and the future of South Africa for all,” says Karla Levick, Head of Marketing for OLX. “The volunteer build program is a vital catalyst for broader, long-term development of families and communities.”
Between 2007 and 2012, Habitat for Humanity SA, together with the community and corporate volunteers, built 488 houses in Mfuleni. It re-entered the community in 2016 and continued building homes for families who stayed in shacks and substandard dwellings.
For World Habitat Day Team Build Week, volunteers will help construct homes for families who have never had a decent place to live. Together with the homeowner, each team will help construct external and internal walls, mix cement, move blocks, smooth (bag) walls, clear site and lay bricks. Community members will participate in Habitat for Humanity SA’s homeowner workshops, which provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to become responsible homeowners who are able to maintain their new homes.
“A vital aspect to connecting volunteers with community is the fact that the initiative involves a mutually beneficial exchange,” says Habitat for Humanity SA’s National Director, Patrick Kulati. “Stereotypes and preconceived ideas are challenged, hearts are changed and lives are transformed. Volunteers often report that they receive far more from the experience than what they give.”
In the spirit of the day, OLX would like to extend an invitation to other companies in the Western Cape to join them during World Habitat Day Team Build Week. “Members of the OLX team are volunteering their time to uplift and connect with people in other communities,” says Levick. “OLX extends a challenge to other corporates to enter a team to volunteer for the 5 Day Build in Mfuleni.”
Companies in the Western Cape are invited to enter a team of 10 volunteers to participate. A total of 10 individuals per day per house can be accommodated. Should the team be bigger than 10, the members can be spread across two or more houses. Companies can bring different teams each day. To book a team or find out more about the World Habitat Day Team Build Week entry options, click here: http://habitat.org.za/world-habitat-day-2017-2/