UN-Habitat is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
Bakht Meena and her husband have 8 children. When the floods hit her village in July 2010, she and her family fled their house to the streets and started living on the Peshawar Motorway. They returned to their village when the water receded, only to find their house completely damaged. Her husband and her 18-year-old son participated in the building of their shelter, and they learned construction techniques from available technical guidelines and through the master masons. In June 2011, they were living in a tent, while the construction of their shelter was ongoing.