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Decent and Affordable housing for All!

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on Housing and Habitat Zambia,
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"Advocating for decent, affordable and adequate housing for Poor and Marginalised people in Zambia"

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To have a Zambia with decent, adequate and affordable housing for all.

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To strengthen Civil Society involvement in lobby.

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A SET OF FIVE-YEAR-OLD FRATERNAL TWINS HAVE DIED IN KITWE’S CHIMWEMWE TOWNSHIP AFTER A WALL OF THE HOUSE IN WHICH THEY WERE SLEEPING COLLAPSED ON THEM DURING A DOWNPOUR.
Decent shelter cuts across all sectors human society. That is health, security, education and social welfare. Decent Shelter- A fundamental human right!!!!
Despite global recognition of the importance of housing to human welfare and survival, it is estimated that over one billion people live in inadequate housing while over 100 million people are homeless.
Most governments claim lack of capacity and resources to implement programs and undertake reforms aimed at creating the conditions for expanding access to housing. The right to adequate housing therefore provides a unique paradigm for monitoring the steps taken by states towards the provision of housing through citizens’ demands and insistence upon the fulfilment of this basic human right.
Housing forms an indispensable part of ensuring human dignity “Adequate housing” encompasses more than just the four walls of a room and a roof over one’s head. Housing is essential for normal healthy living. It fulfills deep-seated psychological needs for privacy and personal space, Physical needs for security and protection from inclement weather and social needs for basic gathering points where important relationships are forged and nurtured. In many societies, a house also serves an important function as an economic center where essential commercial actives are performed.
The right to adequate housing is founded and recognized under the international law. Enunciated under article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right to adequate housing has been codified in the other major international human rights treaties and recognizes the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, Including adequate housing and to the continuous improvement of living conditions.
The Civic Forum on Housing and Habitat is saddened with the loss of the two lives from the same family after the collapse of the part of the wall for their house. The right to adequate housing cannot be over emphasized. We need to go back to the drawing board. Where have we gone wrong, is it the issue of planning?, or it’s the lack of following the building regulations? Where has Zambia gone wrong?
As we move towards attainment of the aspirations of the vision 2030. Housing needs and the rights of the marginalized poor should be prioritized. The effects of climate change are being felt. A house is supposed to protect its inhabitants from the harsh climate conditions. The collapsing of the wall on two boys in Kitwe’s Chimwemwe township is evidence enough to demonstrate that the majority of the housing units being occupied by the marginalized urban poor are not safe making them inadequate. The bottom line in all these negative developments, is lack of enforcement of the building standards and adherence from citizens.
There is need for collaboration from city planners and communities to raise awareness on the need for following building regulations and also enforcement. We can all make Zambia a better place and safe for everyone.
(Zambia Dairy Mail-22/02/17)
By Mwila Ntambi
A SET of five-year-old fraternal twins have died in Kitwe’s Chimwemwe Township after a wall of a house in which they were sleeping collapsed on them during a downpour.
Copperbelt commissioner of Police Charity Katanga said in an interview yesterday that the incident happened on Monday night.
“Yes, I can confirm that I have received a report that due to heavy rains, twins aged five, a boy and a girl, died after the wall of the house they were sleeping in collapsed on them”, Ms. Katanga said. She withheld the identities of the dead children.
Ms. Katanga said one of the twins died instantly. While the other died on the way to the hospital. The bodies are in Kitwe Central Hospital.
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Civic Forum on Housing and Habitat Zambia (CFHH) is a national network of civil society and community based organisations with a total of 26 network member organizations involved in Housing and Habitat issues in Zambia.

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