Pathway to lasting change for Samoan families
Project start 2015
Habitat Build is a development project that aims to build financial literacy skills with low-income Samoan families, while working alongside them to build better, safer homes for their future.
Habitat CEO Claire Szabo recently returned from a trip to Samoa, where she worked with local partners to progress the Habitat Build: Samoa project. The project currently has conditional approval for funding through the Partnerships for International Development Scheme (PfID) administered by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). “We now have to work hard with our local partners to design a strong project that builds local capacity and alleviates poverty in one of our close neighbouring countries” states Szabo.
25% poverty rate in Samoa needs to be halved by 2015
Recent reports by the United Nations have sited a 25% poverty rate in Samoa, this figure needs to be halved by 2015 for the country to stay on track to meet with Millennium Development Goals. The Habitat Build project works to alleviate poverty by supporting Samoan families to plan for their financial future and set realistic and achievable goals. “Over three years Habitat Build will see 300-400 local Samoan families progress through the programme and work towards building a better future for themselves” says Szabo.
The PfID scheme works on a matched funding basis. For the Habitat Build project this means Habitat for Humanity New Zealand needs to raise $300,000 in matched funding. “This is a great development result” states Szabo “every dollar that we raise through our affiliates and supporters turns into $5 of support to families in need in Samoa”.
Habitat Build is scheduled to start in early 2015 pending final approval of funding from MFAT. The programme will pathway 300-400 families through orientation sessions, financial literacy training and support, community building and cyclone strapping activities with a final housing outcome for around 250 families. “We see some families opting out as they pathway through our training programme” states Szabo “the families that continue to the end will have made a total commitment to the programme and to creating better future for themselves and their children”.
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