FROM HOUSE TO HOME: A DREAM COME TRUE
The 30 new dwellings that have been built in in Bamenda 2 Sub Division are essentially adobes or cement block houses of a parlor and 2 or 3 bedrooms. The average area of each built house is 100 sqm’s, they were mainly made with cement blocks, wood, stones, cement, zinc, etc. The 30 blocks of toilets (two toilets and a bathroom) have been constructed using the same materials. The toilet pits were dug at 1 m x 2 m wide (15 m deep). The participating families had the right to choose between the housing unit or the blocks of toilets.
A number of local authorities and organizations have actively supported the project. These included governmental bodies like the Ministries of Territorial Administration, of Environment, of Housing and Urban Development, etc.
The families have participated in the decision-making processes. They have also contributed with labor and local materials like gutter sand and sand, food for the builders on site, additional adobes, part of the builders’ wage and other services when possible. Some have participated in the building process itself as builders.