Secured shelter is a primary basic need for a stable lifestyle, yet it is something that is often lacking in rural areas. ASSIST has found that housing not only provides security from natural calamities such as floods, cyclones and fires (which are common in the target areas), but it instils a sense of pride and dignity among families, giving them confidence to focus on other development activities that can better their lives.
ASSIST promotes ownership for housing by encouraging target communities to seek out maximum Government support for funding, to lead planning, and to contribute by way of local funds and labour. Once a community has shown initiative in these different respects, ASSIST then provides matching support and assistance to cover any shortfalls for the construction of housing. As an added measure, ASSIST promotes the construction and use of sanitary facilities at the household, school and community levels. In particular, sanitation activities include:
Sensitisation on the importance of hygiene, personal and environmental sanitation
Provision of household latrines
Construction of sanitary installations in schools, along with classes on safe hygiene practices for the students
Construction of community sanitary complex in semi-urban areas where latrines are not provided
Promotion of ecologically friendly solutions to waste disposal