Nearly one-third of Cape Town’s population of three million live in slums or squatter settlements. In looking at global homeless problems around the world it is stated that there are approximately four million homeless people in South Africa alone who live in slum settlements. This film looks at the South African Homeless Peoples Federation (SAHPF) and their efforts such as building new homes for citizens. The federation members, most of whom are women, saved up money to add to their government grants, allowing them to build larger houses, helping women and their families live in a home of their own.
View the brief film My Mother Built This House about the first housing projects founded by the South Africa Homeless Peoples Federation and discuss the following questions:
What is your point of view on the film clip?
From the readings and the film clip, compare and contrast the homeless and housing problems in Africa and the United States.