As is evident from the full title of MRHP – Mwanza Rural Housing and Food Security Programme - improved housing is not a single-issue question, but is inextricably linked with the major issues of living in this region. Security of the food supply,environmental sustainability, access to clean water, improved health care: these are all issues which affect the living standards of the people. Across these areas other matters have powerful effects on the community, with cultural issues, for example, strongly affecting the attitude to and empowerment of women.
The Corporate Objectives of MRHP, as drawn up in its constitution, realise and attempt to address the complexity of these interlinking important issues:-
To empower builders (men and women) improve rural housing through the use of construction technology that will not destroy the environment.
To integrate all gender in the use of simple building technology.
To disseminate the technology to as many areas as possible in order to improve the human settlements and protect the environment.
To facilitate community-based savings and credit schemes.
To enable members and the communities to have better and sustainable agricultural activities.
To enable communities to take care of and protect their health.
To carry out lobbying, advocacy and campaigns on basic human rights
To empower MRHP-NGO to become autonomous and sustainable.
Improving living conditions is the corner stone of the work of MRHP, whether through better built houses which will withstand the occasional torrential rains, or through ensuring that everyone has access to good food and the knowledge of how to cook it. Through its network of animators and village groups, MRHP reaches out to over 70 villages and nearly a quarter of a million people, and after nearly two decades of working in the area, tangible improvements in living standards in the community can be seen.