Homeless And Poor People’s Initiative (HAPPI)

PostNet Suite 292, Private Bag X15, 16, Pepperwood, Heldervue
7129 Somerset West

Ansprechpartner: Malcolm Worby

+27 (0)21 855 2963
+27 (0)21 855 5622


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Über uns

The Homeless And Poor People’s Initiative, founded in 2007, is an NPO and a Registered Trust that provides affordable natural building and sustainable technology services by advising, teaching and training poor and homeless people and communities in underdeveloped, rural areas throughout the world, how to build affordable housing and community buildings for, and by, themselves; assisting them with basic renewable energy, and teaching them sustainable living practices.

Aims & Objectives
Our aim is to help empower individuals and communities to be able to live a more sustainable lifestyle, by teaching them work skills that can enable them to build their own affordable homes and community buildings, and to then use those skills to gain future employment. By teaching building and management skills to individuals who are currently unemployed or unemployable, it is hoped that they will start their own building or related business within their community, which will provide much needed employment and income for not only them, but others as well.
We also hope to inspire people to change through practical example; by showing them appropriate mechanisms for sustainable survival, and by assisting them to apply these techniques to their everyday lives, so that their quality of life will improve, they will be able to provide more for themselves, and will become less dependent on others from outside their communities.

HAPPI works on its own funded projects, and also in conjunction with other NGO’s, NPO’s, Charitable Organisations and Government agencies as advisers, trainers, and consultants.
Our experience on projects has shown that it is possible for us to save significant amounts of the allocated funds by advising and training people and communities in more practical and efficient methods of building construction using locally available materials wherever possible that are more suitable to their indigenous environment and climate. This in turn means that allocated funds can go further to provide more help in the community.
Building with natural materials not only saves money, it can also reduce the carbon footprint of a house by up to 80% compared to one built with cement, thereby reducing greenhouse gases and generating a carbon credit.

Services Provided
• Visiting an area or community to assess and establish the most practical and functional means of building, using locally available natural resources wherever possible, to suit the local community, environment, climate, and economy.
• Advising and training in the design and construction of buildings using mud brick (adobe), cob, rammed earth, rock or stone, straw bale, wattle and daub, mud and lime plasters, thatch roofs, and other natural and traditional building materials.
• Teaching homeless and poor people how to build affordable homes and community buildings using natural and sustainable.
• Teaching and training individuals or groups within a community and providing them with the knowledge necessary to teach skills development to other unskilled and unemployed people in the surrounding areas.
• Advising on natural and sustainable energy systems including solar heating, cooling, and electricity; wind and hydro power generating.
• Advising on water supply and resource management, including rainwater harvesting, grey-water recycling, irrigation methods, water storage, water purification. advising on solid waste management and utilisation systems, including urine separation and composting toilets.

Malcolm Worby is the founder of HAPPI.

For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field: Providing housing and community buildings in rural areas.