Dwellings in the Townships (Habitat for Humanity – South Africa)
In 2009, the Saint-Gobain Foundation became involved in the construction of more than 90 homes in the townships in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, for a total amount of €470,000 spread across three years. The project was run by the international nonprofit Habitat for Humanity and supported by the South African government. The Saint-Gobain Construction Products Academy provided additional aid to train volunteers working directly on the worksite. In 2011, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saint-Gobain, Pierre-André de Chalendar, planted a lemon tree to celebrate the first house built in Tsakhane, South Africa, thanks to a donation made by the Saint-Gobain Foundation to the nonprofit.
Numerous Saint-Gobain volunteers helped bring this fine project to life. Senamile, the project sponsor explains: “We had the funding and the passion, and I am proud of the involvement of the Group’s teams who volunteered their time to help with the initial construction work. It was an exceptional experience and one that I would be happy to repeat.”