The majority of people in the village live in mud huts with grass roofs. During the rainy season (late Dec to Feb) the weight of the grass roof puts pressure on the walls. The roofs also leak which causes deterioration of the walls. The houses collapse. There are limited resources in the community to help families repair or rebuild their homes. Most people in Mwandi live on less than $2.00 per day and do not have the financial resources to address the issue.
A number of the families on the list include people with disabilities, grandparents caring for their orphaned grandchildren.
All able-bodied family members are expected to contribute their time to the construction of their home. As of the end of July 2021, there has been 192 houses built, they are very durable and with just a minimum of upkeep they will provide shelter for years to come. There is a growing need for houses and the Kuta, (which is the local court/government), continue to request the assistance of Home for AIDS Orphans to provide housing for the needy people of the village. At this time all the houses are traditional mud houses with metal sheet roofing, these homes are common throughout Africa and are cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The walls are thick and provide excellent insulation The mud houses last approximately 15 years.
Although volunteer labor is involved building the houses the program staff supervise the construction and ensure each house is completed.