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“All for a purpose”

Displaced Kenyan families begin rebuilding their lives with help from Habitat.


Linet Gesara Maroko stands in front of the tent where she and her family have lived since losing their home and land in post-election violence in Kenya. Photo by Steffan Hacker


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Learn more about Habitat’s work with the families of the Maai Mahiu Displaced People Community.

Habitat for Humanity Kenya has launched a project to help house people displaced by post-election violence.

In the wake of the disputed results of the east African country’s 2007 presidential election, violence broke out, and ethnic communities that were considered “strangers,” or settlers in certain areas, were forcefully evicted and their houses burned. As a result, more than 1,000 people were killed, and more than 600,000 people were displaced from their homes.

One group of displaced families, living in tattered tents in the town of Maai Mahiu, used funds provided by the Kenyan government to collectively buy a piece of land, which they subdivided and on which they intend to permanently settle.

Habitat Kenya partnered with these 120 families of the Maai Mahiu Displaced Peoples Community—among them Linet Gesare Maroko and Teresia Kwamboka Silal—to build houses, allowing them to move from their tents to sturdy, safe Habitat houses.

“I believe this is all for a purpose,” says Linet, who worked on her sweat equity when not tending to the corn and beans she planted. “We say that God is a God who caters to orphans and those who cannot fight for themselves. I thank you, Habitat for Humanity, for you have come to my aid. As poor as I am, you still considered me.”