A family of four – comprising parents and two children – were living in desperate and appalling conditions in Unit 9 Chatsworth, Durban.The family lived in a makeshift shack attached to the rear of the one-bedroomed RDP home of the grandmother of the children.
The shack was vulnerable to all weather conditions - permanent dampness, flooding when there was rain with the shack being in the direct path of waste-water from the neighbour’s home - all of which impacted heavily on the health of all family members.
Darul Ihsan Humanitarian Centre (DHC) - through one of its staff members – was notified of the distress of the family.
Personnel from the Welfare department of DHC visited the family, viewed their circumstances and made an instant decision to provide some sort of secure shelter for the affected family.
Team members from DHC contacted contractors and within a short space of time erected a secure and sturdy two-bedroomed ‘Wendy Home’ adjacent to the RDP home on the property.
The male-head of the family – who is currently unemployed – expressed his heartfelt appreciation to DHC for the shelter provided for his family. “I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude and appreciation on behalf of my family for the Wendy house that has been built for us. Before this my family of four were living in a 1 room make-shift house built using odd material along boundary walls of the neighbours property. Due to this fact whenever it rains our house used to get flooded badly and all my neighbours water use to seep under the wall and into our room. Most of our furniture got destroyed due to this and my children were getting sick due to the dampness. We also had no toilet and bathroom which made it difficult whenever my parents used to go out at night.”
Darul Ihsan Media Desk