The Masolanka extended family used to live in a one-room, mud-floored hut made of stones, where they cooked, ate and slept. “We had no toilet and the house was collapsing around us,” says Masaese. “We tried to fix the house with corrugated iron sheets, but that didn’t work.”
The help they needed came in the form of Councillor Morallana Nkhereayane, from the Mapoteng district, one of the community’s leaders. Tasked with identifying and assessing families in need, he determines whether people are living in accommodation that is fit for habitation. If not, as in the case of the Masolankas, he brings it to Habitat for Humanity Lesotho’s (HFHL) attention.
Since 2007, HFHL has been helping orphans and vulnerable children who don’t have access to decent shelter building fully subsidized two-bedroomed homes.