Twenty-five more families in the community of Maai Mahiu — once left homeless by explosive political violence following a contested presidential election — have received the keys to their new homes. An official ceremony in September dedicated the houses, built with volunteers and financial support from the Dow Chemical Company.
In 2007 in Kenya, more than 1,000 people were killed, and more than 600,000 people found themselves homeless as they fled the violence. A group of nearly 350 displaced families eventually combined forces and, with the help of the Kenyan government, purchased land near Maai Mahiu. They divided the land into small plots and began a new life in tattered and makeshift tents. Habitat Kenya began partnering with them in 2009 to fund and build homes.