Several of our target beneficiaries (Appx 70.5%) reside in semi-permanent and grass-thatched houses which are weak, with un-cemented floors, poorly ventilated and crowded rooms which double as kitchens and sometimes shared with animals. On average, a room is shared by three household members. Considering that most houses of older persons are small, it can be observed that they are crowded. In addition, a significant percentage of older persons and OVC households lack latrines, bathing shelter, use living houses as kitchens. Given this background, housing conditions are regarded as poor and are partly responsible for poor health. Houses which are not cemented and cooking in-house provide a good environment for respiratory-related illnesses while crowding rooms accelerates transmission of communicable diseases.
PEFO housing department responds to this urgent need for decent shelter among the elderly by employing eco-friendly & low cost housing approaches. Pathetic shelters have been observed to affect health and the vitality to work by grannies as well as concentration of vulnerable children in school. To date, the department has delivered 224 houses for 224 granny households in rural Jinja district
In five years’ time span, PEFO anticipates increased numbers of granny households living in and owning decent housing structures within our program area. Strategies for attaining this goal includes but not limited to; designing a mechanism to address issues of land rights and ownership among grannies and using the housing program to create awareness on issues of older persons among different community members and rights bearers.