Caring for Orphans and Vulnerable Groups

Primary Strategic Goal: To improve OVG households’ (orphans and children, elderly and people with disabilities) living conditions by ensuring their stability, independence and safety through housing.

Primary Strategic Objectives: Improve OVG households living conditions by providing shelter with sanitation facilities, and creation of employment opportunities for improved livelihoods.

To increase awareness of land and property rights under Lesotho legislative framework

Summary: Most housing structures in Lesotho, especially for the most vulnerable groups of society, do not meet any local standards for decent living including access to sanitation. For many of them, their houses are built out of mud, stones or sticks and often lack proper ventilation due to lack of windows. Additionally, as a result of lack of access to sanitation, they use open space thus increasing their exposure to illnesses related to unsanitary living conditions. Safety in such houses is very minimal as the doors are of poor quality and often lack proper door locks. Living under such circumstances puts vulnerable groups’ lives at a high risk and very stressful conditions. They live in fear of housebreakings.  Through the OVG programme, the project strengthens VG homeowner’s sanitation conditions by building ventilated pit latrines (VIPs) for improved health and hygiene.  The project also increase access to decent and adequate housing for improved safer shelter conditions.  These, in turn, builds their strength, stability and self-reliance.

Habitat for Humanity Lesotho also promotes sustainable and healthier living environments and hygiene through training on Home Maintenance and Hygiene and inheritance and property rights (secures right to property hence deters property grabbing and/or disinheritance) for Orphans and Vulnerable Groups (OVGs) served and the community. The economic conditions of local builders involved in the project is improved through construction job creation.