US$3,206.00raised of $20,000.00 goal goal
FINAL UPDATE: August 2023
It has been a very, very long journey but one which has a happy and positive ending, thanks to your generous donations.
Please see the update page for further information.
LATEST UPDATE - 8 FEB 2023:
While this has taken longer than anticipated, due to Covid, funding and finding the right property with a proper title deed (not common in low income bracket houses in SA), we are currently in the process of putting an offer to purchase on a property. If this goes through, photos will be uploaded once it is in Gloria's name.
Gloria is currently living in one room with her two daughters, one of whom gave birth to twin boys 3 weeks ago. Helping them purchase a property will enable them to break the cycle of poverty and give them hope.
Thank you to all who have already donated. If you know of anyone who would like to donate to this project, please pass on the link.
GREAT NEWS: Please read UPDATES on the right of the page to see how we have reduced our original target. We are actively looking for something that will fit within the guidelines of FLISP.
Hello, my name is Liz Nicolosi and I employ a wonderful person, Gloria, as my housekeeper. She is intelligent, humble, a hard worker and is always calm even though her life has been a struggle. She has two dependent daughters and an older, unemployed daughter who has three children herself. She lived in an informal settlement, with no running water nor electricity until a few months ago (see photo 1). Her family was threatened and Gloria fled the settlement to protect her daughters. She is currently staying with her eldest daughter but this is not a long term solution. Gloria desperately needs a home, a place she can call her own and one that she can keep for her future no matter what happens.
The cycle of poverty within families, especially female only ones, not only exists in South Africa, but around the world. It seems an impossible task to break this cycle, and that is why even small amounts of help can go a long way towards this.
What can YOU do to break this cycle? Please donate to this cause and let us help Gloria and her family have a place of their own that they can call home, something that most of us take for granted. Let us give Gloria hope that her daughters will be better placed now to follow their dreams in the future.
Please help Gloria's dream of owning her own home come true by donating, no matter how small the amount.
Depending on funds raised we have 3 stages.
- purchase of plot of land in Clermont Ext 8, Pinetown: Maximum R100 000 (Euro 5 500)
- construction of approximately 40sq m 2 bedroom house (using Klevabricks (see attached plans and costs), converted shipping containers or wooden structure): R200 000 (Euro 11 000)
- All municipal water and electricity connections: R10 000 (Euro 550)
- Furniture and furnishings to get started: R40 000 (Euro 2 000)
Please help (ask friends and family too) to make Gloria's dream of owning her own home come true by donating, no matter how small the amount, by clicking on the link below.
I can not send any 'rewards' for your kindness but photographic updates for you to follow will be added from the start of the build to the end.
Thanking you in advance for your kindness.
Liz Nicolosi and Gloria
FINAL UPDATE August 2023Update posted by Elizabeth Nicolosi at 07:55 am
Well is has been a long, long journey but thankfully it has a happy and positive ending.Gloria obtained the keys to her house last month. We were so fortunate to find a clean, well maintained 3 bedroom house with an attached bathroom at a very reasonable price. At a few. . . . .
GOOD NEWS - House found - now putting offer to purchaseUpdate posted by Elizabeth Nicolosi at 10:33 am
Hi, thank you to those who have already donated to this cause. LATEST UPDATE: While this has taken longer than anticipated, due to Covid, funding and finding the right property with a proper title deed (not too common in lower income bracket housing in SA), we are currently in the. . . . .