Join me in Kenya and visit one of the most beautiful places in the world. But even amongst all this beauty, there is the blight of poverty housing. We’re going to help do something about it with some very special families. We are going to build new homes, make new friends and enjoy a unique opportunity to explore one of Africa’s most beautiful countries. We will be building with Habitat for Humanity in Bungoma near the Ugandan border. We will work hard and get our hands dirty but this will be an experience you won’t forget.
Join me in one of the most meaningful and worthwhile experiences you will ever have.
A A woman tends to her child at a mud-and-daub house in Athiru, Kenya.
Kenya is known for its successful agricultural production and for its breathtaking scenery and wildlife. The beauty of Kenya’s scenic western highlands and Lake Victoria basin, however, sharply contrast the daily struggle for survival that many Kenyans face. Frequent political violence has marred many efforts to help the people of Kenya. In recent decades, government-induced reforms have improved economic conditions, but an estimated 42 percent of Kenyans still live below the poverty line, and 50 percent of its citizens are unemployed.
About Habitat for Humanity Kenya
Habitat for Humanity has maintained a favorable presence in the country since Habitat Kenya was formed in 1982. Habitat Kenya operates through more than 80 active community groups.
In rural areas, most families live in mud-and-daub houses with thatch roofs. These houses are difficult to maintain and provide a breeding ground for insects, termites and rodents. Habitat is building houses in Kenya by utilizing the resources available in local areas, constructing with timber, stone or stabilized soil bricks, depending on the location.
Types of construction for volunteers
All Habitat Kenya-sponsored houses have masonry walls, concrete floors and foundation slabs and corrugated iron-sheet roofs. The houses are built with fired brick, stabilized soil block or rough stone.
Day 1, Sunday: Travel day; arrive by evening; greeted by HFH Kenya staff and transported to dinner and overnight stay at a Nairobi guesthouse.
Day 2, Monday: Breakfast at guesthouse; orientation; travel to HFH Kenya project site; welcome and introduction; dinner at team’s bed-and-breakfast guesthouse.
Days 3–7, Tuesday–Saturday (workdays): Breakfast at the guesthouse each morning; build from 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; lunch on-site; free time after work to clean up and have team activities.
Day 8, Sunday: Attend a local church service; engage in a local cultural activity (varies based on project location).
Days 9, Monday: Workday- 9:00a.m. to 4:30p.m., Breakfast at the region guesthouse, lunch at the build site and dinner at the guest house.
Day 10, Tuesday: Breakfast at the guest house, build in the morning, lunch at the build site, house dedication and farewell, farewell dinner at guest house.
Day 11, Wednesday: Depart to Nairobi airport for flight home.
Teams traveling to Kenya will spend their first and last nights at a Nairobi guesthouse. Throughout the rest of the trip, team members will stay at modest bed-and-breakfast guesthouses at their project location, with double-occupancy rooms. Dinners will be provided at the guesthouse each night, with lunch, snacks and water provided daily on the build site.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
Build a better world: Take the Global Village Challenge
Habitat for Humanity International is challenging Global Village volunteers to make an even greater impact on the global issue of poverty housing. We are asking all GV teams to help us raise an additional $1.1 million in the coming year to support Habitat’s building projects worldwide. Take up the challenge! Join us in sharing our story and building a better world!
Stan Duda became involved with Habitat in 2005 when he took his first trip to El Salvador with his wife Louise. Since that trip he has traveled on Global Village builds to Honduras, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Alaska, as well as Nepal in October 2012 to assist with the Everest Blitz Build. He has retired from the construction industry and is spending more time on Habitat projects around the globe. He has a passion for traveling and exploring the natural beauty and culture of all the countries he has been to. He enjoys working in a team environment and is looking forward to the upcoming return to Kenya and working with a new and exciting team.
Stan can be contacted at email@example.com.