Over one million homes have been built and services have been extended to millions of people. Nonetheless, the government estimates that an additional two to three million units still need to be provided. This backlog is exacerbated by high unemployment (in the neighborhood of 50% in most townships), leaving millions of people unable to afford basic necessities. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) recently noted:
“While Africans make up 76% of the population, their share of income amounts to only 29% of the total. Whites, who make up less than 13% of the population, take away 58.5% of total income.”Congress of South Africa Trade Unions
The HIV/AIDS pandemic, with 4.2 million South African infected is adding to the development problem. It is estimated that GDP will be 17% lower for 2010 than it would be without AIDS.
Our work in South Africa will do more than just make life easier for a family in need; we will open hearts to truly see the grace and love of Jesus by providing the tangible objects of security, safety, and stability and it begins with a home.