Ashoka Fellow
South Africa
Fellow Since 2011
This description of Andrea Bolnick's work was prepared when Andrea Bolnick was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
As government recognizes it cannot possibly fulfill its pledge of affordable housing without going bankrupt first, Andrea Bolnick is demonstrating a new approach to providing “dwellings with dignity” to South Africa’s most vulnerable. Through active community engagement, Andrea is able to firmly place slum dwellers in the driver’s seat and bring about needed renovations to their homes. In addition to a more strengthened community, the result is the effective removal of the threat of fire, flooding, and other general public health concerns that pervade these areas.
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