KARACHI - The low-cost 'Benazir Homes built under government-run Peoples Housing Programme is yet to be handed over to the poor people of Sindh. Earlier it was decided that Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah would issue the ownership documents. But now the prime minister himself would issue the rights of the houses to the beneficiaries within next 15 days. The government has chosen Thatta, Badin and rural Karachi where 500 low cost houses under the banner of Benazir Homes have been constructed in collaboration with UNDP Pakistan. Ziaul Islam, chairman, government-run Peoples Housing Cell (PHC), confirmed about the delay in handing over the houses to the community, said the lucky community people, who have been identified deserving, are happy because they are presently living in makeshift houses and will shift to newly built houses soon. For identification of beneficiary families, the project-implementing organisation had formed Community Development Organisation in each village to identify the poorest families to have a new home. They adopted participatory approach to involve all the families to sit together and take decision unanimously. This approach gave the activist courage as they won the confidence of their communities. The Nation talked to the some villagers who will get beneficiary of government scheme. The residents of Haji Jaffar Jamari, village of district Thatta, are waiting to shift their families to their new abodes - gifted to them by the Sindh government which have been ready since July 20, 2009. Some of the families have already shifted some of their belongings to the new houses. It is hard to wait an excited villager Ali Nawaz said, It is like a dream coming true. Located near the historical Jherruck Town, Thatta. The village Jaffer Jamari is one of the 23 villages of districts Thatta, Badin and rural Karachi where UNDP Pakistan is constructing 500 houses. The locality comprising of forest community which has been residing in the scattered traditional makeshift abodes at the rocky mountainous zone at the walking distance from the flow of River Indus for the last 60 years. The village - comprising of 192 populations - has 34 scattered makeshift homes, out of which 25 families luckily have been identified as the most poor and deserving for getting the new houses. Similar is the story of remote mountainous Darya Khan Bhand village, near Jungshahi, Thatta district, where 24 houses are under construction under the same project and beneficiaries are also looking happy there. Professor Javed Shah, the originator of the technology and chief technical advisor UNDP, said: With its being highly energy efficient, earthquake resistant and being low cost, this Benazir model is emerging to be the new solution for the housing for poor and for the disaster-hit areas. Using totally different construction material, these houses are based on a new technology using compressed earth blocks, hollow blocks, arch foundation and pyramidal roof. The energy efficiency and low-cost factors will enhance the potentials of national replication of this housing technology. Dadee Jamari, 75, the wife of village founder late Haji Ibrahim Jamari, was looking hopeful to start living in their new abodes, which are almost ready now with the basic facilities. Sitting under a makeshift home near there, she said, they could not imagine earlier seeing their dream coming true like that. She has two sons and both will have their separate houses to enjoy the new life soon. Talking about their makeshift homes, Jamari said light showers had always destroy their homes and they rebuild the same again. It is the routine of their life that the old makeshift houses could not sustain for more time. But after new houses built for them, she is happy that at least they will be safe there from rain in future. The cluster comprises of five units, each includes two bedrooms, veranda, kitchen, bathroom, toilet and kitchen garden. There are water tanks for each five houses. The village has already wide area for keeping small number of livestock in the vicinity. Owing to a totally new technology all the material had to be manufactured at the work yards specially established by UNDP. Since we had to complete constructing 500 houses in a small period of 9 months, we spent first four months in manufacturing the material and training the local masons and artisans. Shah said, Now we have 700 trained local masons, carpenters and fabricators working in several remote sites. Most of these trainees also come from the same villages where the houses are being constructed. This house is mine and I have built it myself after getting training from UNDP, said Ramzan Bhand, 45, at village Darya Khan Bhand near Jungshahi, Thatta. We are replacing bricks and minimising the use of cement and wood, said Masood Lohar, National Coordinator, UNDP/GEF Small Grants Programme Pakistan. Brick kilns are a major source of green house gases emission and conventional housing is not energy efficient. Hence this low-cost Benazir model is an answer to climate changing and poverty-ridden world, Lohar added.