A brick wall
Home construction

Aug. 08/20 — Aug. 16/20

Kenya - Homabay

Visit a new Global Village build opportunity whilst giving a 'hand up' to vulnerable populations in Kenya

Is this build opportunity for me?

  • Home Construction Home construction
  • Weather Very warm, humid
  • Calendar August 8 - 16
  • Language Swahili
  • Budget ~$2,685 + air transportation + ~$500*

Our team will work alongside local masons in Homabay to help construct a home. Since 1982, Habitat for Humanity Kenya has worked with more than 20,000 low-income families in 250 communities in the country to enable them to access decent and affordable houses through building, renovating and preserving homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity Kenya

Habitat for Humanity Kenya The housing deficit in Kenya stands at 2 million continues to grow at a rate of about 200,000 units a year. There is a proliferation of informal settlements in urban areas with 61 percent of the urban population living in slums in overcrowded homes typically with only one room and no adequate ventilation. Families are at high health risk of diseases such as malaria, respiratory infections, and jigger infestation. The vulnerable, in particular women, children, persons living with disabilities, the elderly, and orphans, are affected the most.The involvement of Habitat Kenya in Homabay County is to providing decent and affordable housing for 10,000 vulnerable families in Homabay. In 2011 the Homabay HIV prevalence rate was at 27.1% representing 149,991 of adults living with HIV. The pandemic among the middle aged men and women has led to deaths and left many young wives widowed, children orphaned and under the care of aged grandparents. Homabay has second the highest prevalence of child marriage with 38 percent. Habitat Kenya therefore aims to improve the housing conditions for the vulnerable elderly, PLWD (People Living with Disability) orphans and vulnerable children in the community. Habitat Kenya’s approach is to work with the community and involve them in the home construction, WASH (Water & Sanitation) solutions, trainings and capacity building process. Habitat Kenya envision a holistic, human centred design to solving the housing challenges with an aim of constructing low cost quality houses meeting the required standards.

Habitat building or in-country schedule

Day 1: Saturday, August 8
Arrive in Nairobi
Day 2: Sunday, August 9
Orientation and travel to Homabay
Day 3-6: Monday, August 10 - Thursday, August 13
Build days
Day 7: Friday, August 14
Build day and farewell dinner
Day 8: Saturday, August 15
Non-build activities
Day 9: Sunday, August 16
Non-build day activities/ return to Canada / onward travel
(The above itinerary may be subject to changes)

Habitat individual donation

The Habitat individual donation for this 9 day opportunity to build with Habitat Kenya is approximately

$2,685 (1) + air transportation (2) + approximately $500* non build day activities (3)

(There are additional costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax receipted)

(1) The Habitat individual donation includes: daily living expenses (i.e. room & board), traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to Habitat for Humanity Kenya and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for this individual donation .

(2) Participants will need to independently arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Nairobi and must be done in consultation with the team leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

(3) Non-build days compromise of activities organized by the team leader where you will take some time to rest, acclimatize, and reflect on your experience in addition to discovering local customs and culture. Expenses for team-non build days including accommodations, meals and activities are not eligible for tax receipt and are paid separately by the team, not to Habitat for Humanity Canada as part of the donation.

Should volunteers need assistance with booking flights or non-build day activities, insurance or other services they may be interested in, please consider looking into industry registered travel agents within your local province.

There are additional travel costs such as passport and immunizations which the team leader will discuss with you. These costs are not tax deductible.

*Costs for non-build days are approximate, and subject to change.

Meet your Team Leader: George and Jean Clarke

Jean is a semi-retired Registered Nurse who has led or participated Global Village builds to Zambia, Guatemala, Jordan, Ghana, El Salvador, Malaysia, Nepal, Madagascar, Cambodia, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Sri Lanka and in August 2020 builds to Romania and Kenya. George is a former GV Host Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity based in Amman, Jordan from 2009-2010 and has participated in all of the trips with Jean plus a couple of extras to Jordan and his first to India in 2008. George has been retired from Hydro One for 10 years and spends most weeks volunteering for a number of local and international groups. Together they have travelled to over 35 countries and six continents.

In total we’ve been on or led about 25 Global Village builds with 10 of those to Jordan. We are as happy to lead as to follow and are really appreciative of the small group of regulars who now sometimes join our teams.

Kenya is a new location for us, in terms of Global Village but we spent a few weeks there in early 2019 while our son was doing PhD research in Nairobi. We were quite taken with the country, its people and the diversity of the land. The trees in the Maasai Mara stand out starkly on a landscape as old as the earth itself, not to mention the “big 5” of African wildlife that we managed to see in just one day on safari! We’ve heard great things about the building projects in Kenya and we look forward to learning how it is done there but of course what do we look forward the most? Meeting new people, both on the team and on the ground we know this will be a life changing experience for all of us!

No previous construction skill or experience is required. There will be a place on the team for all experience levels. Please feel free to contact George and Jean with any questions you might have about this project at: gwaclarke@gmail.com. You can also apply right now using our on-line application!