The Humanitarian Organization ICAN Launches Housing Projects In 5 African Countries
ENSURING SUSTAINABILITY FOR LOW-INCOME AND POOR PEOPLE: The Humanitarian Organization ICAN Launches Housing Projects In 5 African Countries
Despite the impressive growth recorded in recent years, Africa is still home to widespread uneven distribution of income. As of today, many African countries continue to harbor much disparity, inequality, and poverty, resulting in millions of individuals being provided with little to no adequate housing. Arising from this deprivation are unsanitary facilities, unclean streets, and unclean water sources.
Based on the firm belief that decent housing could provide an avenue out of poverty, the self-funded humanitarian organization, the International Consulting Aid Network (ICAN), and its president and founder, Dr. Hugues Fidele Batsielilit, initiated an affordable housing construction project in Adetikope, Togo, less than 6 years after donating two furnished houses in the quarters of Ngwainkuna in the northwest of Cameroon.
Spread across large acres, Adetikope’s habitat project will comprise 20-bedroom apartments, with each unit composed of one bedroom, one bathroom, a kitchen, a living room, and a veranda. The goal of ICAN is to finalize this housing construction project, estimated to cost tens of millions of CFA (USD 200,000+), by the end of 2025.
Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Batsielilit stressed that "this gesture of building single-family apartments expresses his vision of providing poor and low-income families with houses that they can call their own, a place where they can live with dignity and have a better quality of life. A necessity he fully understands having seen such circumstances in many African countries". He further highlighted "that the housing project will also extend to other African countries as selected by the organization’s board.''
The overarching goal is for ICAN to build more than 100 apartments in a period of 10 years in 5 African countries predetermined by the organization. ICAN and its president, Dr. Batsielilit, through these habitat projects, strengthen its humanitarian position with many social works and philanthropic actions already undertaken in other African and Caribbean countries such as Cameroon, Gabon, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Benin, Togo, and Haiti.
Founded in the state of Alabama in the United States by its founding president, Dr. Hugues Fidele Batsielilit, the organization (ICAN) is dedicated to activities aimed at helping the poor and improving their living conditions within the African continent.