Destiny Village

Summary

Home Leone’s vision is of a sustainable movement that sees the end of slum living in Sierra Leone. Its first pilot “Destiny” Village develops a new community, relocating over 2,000 people from across Freetown’s 62 slums, to new secure low cost homes. Home Leone adopts a holistic approach, providing jobs, education, social infrastructure, community utilities and health facilities. Its community design and layout, environmental considerations, social justice initiatives and skills training ensure this innovative, community-led relocation model provides a great opportunity for resident’s life change.

Built on 25 acres of land in Newton, we are building a new “green-field” village containing 344 culturally relevant low cost homes; a place where each resettled family has a job and an opportunity to own their own home in 7-20 years. 2,000 people will form a new community with a business park, primary and senior schools, health centre, and other community and social infrastructure. Solar power, potable running water to each home and an effective sewage system means village health indicators will be above average. This initiative also develops innovative eco-friendly solutions with waste/resource management, and recycling.

We have now built the first 60 homes, established 5 businesses, moved the first families in and completed a clean water supply for all the village. The first 10 classrooms are complete with or primary school, Destiny Grace Academy opened to 200 children in 2019.  A new solar system is being built in 2021 and we have established a triage and pathway service as we gather healthcare data.

Turley and Home Leone report

In June 2018, the Vice President visited the village and invited Home Leone to participate in Plans to prepare a housing policy in the nation.

 

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