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Kenya

January 5, 2013 to January 17, 2013

Join us in Kenya to build new homes, make new friends and enjoy a unique opportunity to explore one of Africa’s most beautiful countries. Building with Habitat for Humanity near Bomet, neighboring the legendary Maasai Mara Game Reserve, will be an experience you won’t forget. 

At work and at rest we’re not just building homes but are also building a sense of solidarity and community, while sharing an adventure in something meaningful and worthwhile. You’ll get your hands dirty, for sure, and you’ll need a sense of humor, a dose of flexibility and a little muscle to get the job done. That’s the very small price you’ll pay for all the good you will do.

 

gv13130-1.jpgA A woman tends to her child at a mud-and-daub house in Athiru, Kenya.
Kenya country profile

   

About 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 over 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.

For more information, visit the Kenya country profile or visit HFH Kenya at http://www.hfhkenya.or.ke/.

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.

Standard itinerary
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 Nairobi guesthouse.
Day 3, Monday: Breakfast at guesthouse; 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 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 9, Sunday: Attend a local church service; engage in a local cultural activity (varies based on project location).
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 guesthouse.
Day 12, Wednesday: Depart for home.

Accommodations
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.

Program cost
US$2,150
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!

Team leaders Ann Cooper and Larry Heinzerling
We are really looking forward to returning to Kenya, which will be our sixth Habitat adventure. We have led earlier missions in Alaska, Sri Lanka, Kenya, and, most recently, Vietnam, our most international team to date. We’re both seasoned, lifetime travelers. Ann is originally from Arizona and Larry is from Ohio, but we’ve both spent many years abroad in Africa, Europe and Russia following our careers in journalism. We live in New York. Ann currently teaches full-time at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and Larry recently retired after 41 years as a foreign correspondent and news executive with The Associated Press. 

If you’re interested in joining us for a true adventure that helps deserving families live better lives, introduces you to other committed people of all ages and provides a breathtaking glimpse of Africa, please contact Larry at lheinzerling@gmail.com


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