What's the problem?
People in rural areas often live in huts built from materials like grass or mud, which stand up poorly to harsh weather and other environmental conditions. To make matters worse, these houses are frequently overcrowded; 45% of the people inhabiting rural areas in Andhra Pradesh live in one-room houses, even though most of them house up to three generations at once.
How can we help?
Our community partners identify needs in the community from water purification systems, construction of new schools, or access to community resources for people with disabilities. Families with the greatest need for improved housing, including Dalits, backward castes, tribal groups and people with disabilities, receive support from community leaders to advocate for subsidized land from local government. VFF helps to provide supplies for constructions and guides the process.
• 62,000 new homes built
• 2,661 homes adapted for people with disabilities
• 2,845 homes rebuilt in regions affected by natural disasters
• 40,000 latrines built through our collaboration with local government in "Clean India" campaign
Sanghams Help Build Homes
Kullayamma grew up living a hut, and after her marriage, she built her home with her husband using whatever materials were available. The palm-thatched roof offered no natural light, and each year, the monsoon season resulted in hours of labor to make repairs. Her three daughters were born in the small, single-roof house, exposed to termites, scorpions and snakes. After years of struggle, her family could no longer live there, and relocated to the home of her in-laws.
After working with VFF, Kullayamma joined a shangam, or women's group, and was able to obtain a loan to buy land and acquire the materials for her new home. Together with other community members, they worked together to make the bricks and construct a home that can withstand monsoons. The new home is built from concrete with two bedrooms and a bathroom. Her home uses a traditional roofing of cool limestone, along with high ceilings to increase air circulation and limit extreme heat.
Most importantly, the home belongs to Kullayamma. She has been able to advocate for her children, and her eldest daughter is now studying engineering at university on scholarship. Breaking the cycle of poverty is possible when families have a safe place to live.