HFHM Signs A Project With UNDP To Build 380 Disaster Resilient Houses In Phalombe and Zomba

Habitat for Humanity Malawi (HFHM) has signed a multi-million project with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support housing needs to families that were displaced by the impact of Cyclone Idai in Zomba and Phalombe Districts.

The project will focus on empowering disaster affected communities recover from effects of cyclone Idai through training of local artisans in construction of disaster resilient houses and construction of new homes for the vulnerable affected families. The project will also work with communities to adopt the approved Safer Housing Construction Guidelines (SHCGs). Furthermore, the project will involve improving on-site drainage of two community markets, and provide two community water points. This project aims to play a catalytic role to scale-up safe building and building back better through engaging government, the private sector, and communities.

The project is expected to be implemented from April 2020 to March 2021. Specifically, the project aims to achieve these multiple recovery options to give the local builders more chances to experiment, by achieving the following major deliverables;

1.Construct 300 safe, green and climate-resilient houses for most vulnerable flood-affected households in Zomba and Phalombe districts.
2.Restoration of essential small-scale infrastructure (2 community markets, and 2 community water points) and drainage works.

HFHM has been empowering communities build back better when disaster strikes. So far, HFHM has supported communities in through construction of 105 disaster resilient houses in Chikwawa.

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