Squatter Camps

What are Squatter Camps?

Settlements with shacks made of wood, cardboard, tin and other scrap material. Whole families live in a single shack, the size of a garden shed. Open fires are used for cooking and candles for light – shacks often catch fire when there are accidents. There is no running water, sewerage pipes, gas or electricity. Squatter camps are now known as informal settlements and those with designated streets are known as Townships.

Hope2Africa begun in the Squatter Camp known as Masiphumelele or Site 5. Masiphumelele (translated from Xhosa “we will succeed”) is a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa and home to approximately 30,000 people. Amenities are scarce and it is estimated that 30-40% of the community are infected with HIV and/or TB.

Facts & Statistics

  • Approximately 13% of the people in the world living with HIV/AIDS reside in South Africa.
  • In South Africa there are 600 AIDS-related deaths every day.
  • South Africa has 11 official languages, including Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu
  • 46 years is the average life span of a South African
  • 300,000 people die every month from poverty and disease in Africa.