Do you have an adventurous spirit that yearns to help others while immersing itself in Kenyan culture? Does Kenya’s natural beauty and wildlife awaken your soul? Do you want the opportunity to help build homes with underprivileged families who need a hand up? Building a home is the most effective way to make a lasting difference. Building a home is the most organic way to create hope and a new beginning for your fellow man. Consider joining us, Mark and Krystal, as we travel to Bomet, Kenya to help build a family’s home. No prior construction experience is required, but you will be doing some manual labor. We are looking for committed volunteers to join us in a once-in-a-lifetime experience as we partner with the local community. We will work alongside a family to create a safe, simple and affordable house that they will call home.
A woman tends to her child at a mud-and-daub house in Athiru, Kenya.
Kenya is known for its agricultural production and breathtaking scenery and wildlife. Kenya’s beauty, however, sharply contrasts with the struggle for survival that many of its people face.
In recent decades, government-induced reforms have improved economic conditions, but 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 Kenya was formed in 1982 and 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 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, foundation slabs, and corrugated iron-sheet roofs. The houses are built with fired brick, stabilized soil block or rough stone.
Day 1, typically Saturday: Depart from home.
Day 2, Sunday: Travel day; arrive by evening; greeted by HFH Kenya staff and transported to dinner and overnight stay at a community center, church, or unfinished HFH home.
Day 3, Monday: Breakfast ; orientation; travel to HFH Kenya project site; welcome and introduction; dinner at team’s bed-and-breakfast guesthouse.
Days 4–8, Tuesday–Saturday (workdays): Breakfast 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 9, Sunday: Local cultural activities, plus option to attend a local church service.
Days 10, Monday: Build in the morning; lunch at the build site; farewell ceremony in the afternoon.
Day 11, Tuesday: Travel to Nairobi; free time and team dinner with HFH Kenya staff; overnight in Nairobi.
Day 12, Wednesday: Depart for home.
Teams traveling to Kenya will spend their first and last nights at a community center, church, or unfinished HFH home. For the rest of the trip, team members will stay at modest bed-and-breakfast guesthouses near their project location, in double-occupancy rooms. Dinners will be provided at the guesthouse each night, with lunch, snacks and water provided on the build site.
(For more details about what is included in this cost, visit Global Village program cost.)
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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!
Krystal Matichak is a high school history/sociology/civics teacher and cross-country coach living in Lexington, Ky. She is originally from Chicago. Krystal is married to the love of her life, Drew, and has an energetic whippet-mix dog, Zoe. Krystal will earn her master’s degree in education just days before the trip to Kenya departs! She has traveled to 20 different countries, and this will be her third time in Africa. She looks forward to her return to Africa—it is a magical place! This is Krystal’s fourth Global Village build. She has built in Hungary, Zambia and Thailand. This Kenya build marks the second Global Village team that Mark and Krystal are leading together!
Mark Clarke has been a beloved teacher and a track, cross-country and basketball coach for more than 40 years and is currently retired but still teaching high school history/government in Joliet, Ill. A native of Fairfax Co., Va., he has three grown daughters and is active in his parish. Mark is an avid marathon runner who repeatedly qualifies for the Boston, runs the Chicago Marathon every year, and just completed the USMC Marathon in DC in memory of a former colleague. Mark has traveled to China, Thailand and Malawi with Habitat. He also spent an entire month at a Catholic mission site in Malawi as a tribute to his wife last summer. This will be his third trip to Africa and first to Kenya.
Krystal and Mark developed a friendship through shared faith and passion to serve others, whether students in the classroom or folks across the globe.