Environmentally Friendly Housing

The Ochan Self-Help Alliance has observed serious inefficiencies in construction methods for housing in the village. With the right approach, the sad state of house construction standards can be elevated, decreasing the burden both on families and the environment.

Sad state of affairs

In Uganda, ancient-style housing is a frequent source of deadly fires ignited by children at play. The poor construction quality demands extensive use of fresh wood and grass to rebuild every 3-4 years due to its fragile nature  and offers limited barrier to mosquito invasion or rain leaking through the roof.

Traditional village housing

What has been done and can be done

A few villagers, like Leben, Cathy, and Chalici (below), were identified last year by a community-based organization, Ocan Agenne Family Self-Help Community, as being in critical need of housing.  Using individual donations and experimenting with modern methods for building durable housing, that local organization helped these three families build their homes that serve as models of improvement in housing and preservation of the environment.

Ochan Self-Help Alliance plans to augment the local organization’s beginning efforts in housing by making durable homes available to more of those in critical need.  Our organization has its own contractors, bricklayers, and roofers to use in building and mentoring the process to villagers who want to learn the trade of modern, environmentally friendly house-building.  Your welcome contributions will fund the contractors and supply such materials as cement and corrugated iron sheets.  We plan to post on our blog pictures of the homes your contributions have built and the families who have benefited.


Lebin and his new Semi-Permanent house

Lebin, a widower with 5 children, built his house recently through community support (walls) and non-tax deductible donations for roofing from individual donors in USA.


Cathy built a new house through community support and funding

Cathy’s husband was killed by rebels on this very courtyard. She returned in 2007 from a war refugee camp and built her new house through community support (walls) and non-tax deductible individual donations(roofing) to take care of her three children and live-in elderly parents.


Chalici and his wife with self-made clay bricks. Chalici built his house from the bricks he made with community help.

Chalici and his wife made their own clay bricks and then built the walls for their dream house through community support. The couple seeks assistance to purchase corrugated iron sheets for roofing.

For information on our successes in 2009,  please visit the following links to our blog:

New Home for Sofia, From Storage Room to a Home of his Own, A Step forward in Sanitation for Opac.