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Habitat for Humanity Kenya Shines at its Silver Celebration:

For Habitat for Humanity Kenya (HFHK), November 23 brought with it various reasons for celebration. The joyous day marked HFHK’s 25th anniversary, which it commemorated in Bomet District. The day also marked the initiation of the Kapilyo community in the district, as well as the construction of the first Interlocking Stabilized Soil Block (ISSB) house in the region.

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Getting ready to cut the cake

 

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During the celebration, attendees dancing in a circle

 

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Mark Wooding receiving a traditional gift of a gourd

The day started off with a lot of momentum, as HFHK staff, board members, and hundreds of local volunteers demonstrated the true spirit of Habitat for Humanity by working together to build three houses. Susan Cheriro, a new homeowner, beamed with happiness as she said, “I am grateful, grateful, grateful…to HFHK and to God for answering my prayers.” Susan’s elation was reflected throughout the vibrant crowd, as people expressed their joy with singing and dancing.

Several people addressed the crowd throughout the day, including HFHK National Director Mark Wooding, Regional Operations Coordinator for East Africa, Ezekiel Espisiu, and HFHK board member Seraphine Odongo. Mark Wooding spoke to the future of HFHK, explaining that it planned to continue to work countrywide to serve more families with decent and affordable housing and that many new projects were taking shape throughout Kenya. HFHK has no intention of slowing down. Other speakers highlighted the vital relationship between Habitat for Humanity and the homeowners, and the impact Habitat for Humanity has in the communities with which it works. “We not only build a house, but a family too,” explained Seraphine.

HFHK has worked to build homes (and families) since 1982. In that time, HFHK has worked in 63 communities, helping transition over 2,500 families out of poverty housing into the type of shelter deserving of every human being. As Ezekiel Esipisu explained in his address to the community, “we need homeowners. We cannot build without them. Our partnership with the homeowners has built HFHK as an organization for the last 25 years.” Together, staff, volunteers, and community members can work together to see that the organization continues to provide housing to people in need for at least 25 more.