Short update from the community members working on the data collection and entry .
My name is Rosalia Haiduwa, I was born in Gobabis on the
17th of June 1997 in freedom square. My parents lived here for 27
years. So I have a little bit of a story to share to the world about Freedom
Square how we worked together as one team.
The process started with the numbering of
houses, giving numbers to structures. After we finished giving numbers, we
divided ourselves into groups to start with the enumeration process, walking
from house to house to collect information about people living there. So as soon
as we were done with the survey, we started doing data entry, putting
information that we collected into computers. After doing all the data entry we
started verifying the information that we entered in computers to see if they
are correct. As we were done , we started with map work. Map work was
challenging to people that did not understand. We verified all the structures on
the map and on the ground to see if they were correct. We have learned a lot of
things from the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia-Namibia Housing Action
Group [SDFN] like how to measure the land, plots and how to move people into
their plots.Although its a learning process , we faced some challenges ;We have learned a lot of new skills out of
the work we had been doing. Since we were not doing anything at home , we
decided to work for our community rather than being at home.
We are still busy with the map work,
allocating of the plots. Once the allocation is completed and the household
information has been verified , we are planning to start doing the Land Hold
When people were told to move into their
plots, they complained that they do not have any money to buy materials such as
zinc, concrete, as well as money to pay people that will be helping
Lack of information due to the
absenteeism of people at their houses, some people went at the farms etc. when
they return some do not have an idea on what is happening in the settlement
''I was invited by my friend Rosalia to come join them
to be part of the group. The first day I had started we were doing the plotting
on map. Same of the structures had only new numbers and some of the structures
were not on the map or the list.
We went into the field to verify the structures on the
houses if they are corresponding to the ones on the map and on the list. If not
corresponding we were to correct them.
After that we were placed them into plots
according to the information we were verifying. The challenge, yesterday we
went into the field of the new location and people had much to say. Same people
were saying that they were not moving. Same of them were saying that they are
not leaving with their husband and who will rebuild the house for them. They
were to complain that they have put concrete floors into their houses and they
said municipality will have to pay for it. That was a serious issue which need
to be discussed by the members. I really felt bad and same thing should be done
to come to an end of this.''- Justina Ndipopiplwa I have stayed with my parents
for 15 years and I am part of the data entry Team.
When people were told to move into their plots, they complained that they do not have any money to buy materials such as zinc, concrete, as well as money to pay people that will be helping them.
Lack of information due to the absenteeism of people at their houses, some people went at the farms etc. when they return some do not have an idea on what is happening in the settlement .