Since 2014 we have built 42 homes for 184 children. We believe that every child deserves to have a roof over their head, a comfortable bed to sleep on and a safe place of shelter in which they can also study.
As part of our annual house building trip, international volunteers have been involved in the construction of more than half of the homes we have built to date. Each year, along with local volunteers and workers, you have the chance to be part of a team that can lay the foundations to a brighter future for kids in Kenya.
Upcoming trip dates:
- Summer 2022 (Covid-19 restrictions depending)
Each year, this unique opportunity to build houses in Kenya, offers you the trip of a lifetime.
The standard 14-day package costs £1,200 and includes:
Internal flight ✔
Minibus transport ✔
Airport pick up ✔
In-country 24 hour volunteer support ✔
Pre-departure and visa support ✔
Meals and water ✔
Please note that they do not include international flights, visas or vaccinations.
Our trips are offered at cost price and in addition we kindly ask each volunteer to raise a minimum of £1,000 towards the cost of building materials, land, solar panels, furniture and the leasing of an additional plot of land for each family to use for farming.
Meet the families we aim to build homes for
VIVIAN & FAMILY
Mama Vivian & her children live on the same street where Myles Edwards and his family previously lived in Iten. He first became aware of the family when Vivian, then aged 17, knocked on his door and politely asked for 500 shillings (£4) to be able to get the bus back to boarding school because she had no money. She could have asked for anything but she just wanted to get to school!
After Vivian’s mum found out Myles had helped she took a bag of potatoes to the GEF office to say thank you. She had worked a full day to earn that bag of potatoes. As a casual worker she works on farms and sometimes gets paid in produce rather than money. As a single mum Mama Vivian really struggles to support her family, they lack food and on occasion can't afford to pay the rent. When that has happened the family have been locked out of their single room house because the landlord had put a padlock on the door until rent was received. When this happened, they would sleep outside in the cold. Despite this Mama Vivian and the kids Vivian, Karen, Sandra & Gloria continue to smile and hope.
MAMA RENCY & FAMILY
Mama Rency is a single mother to four young girls. We first met her through our friend Mama Rambo who runs a small cafe next to our office/shop in Iten. Mama Rency works 12-hour days at Mama Rambo’s Café and receives 200ksh for each shift. Her youngest daughter, Joy, is only 9 months old so she pays someone to look after her for half a day until the older children come home from school and take over.
The 3 other children, Miriam aged 13, Rency aged 10 and Valentine aged 5, are constantly at risk of being sent home from school since their mother is not financially stable and has accrued school fee debts. The income from her job at the hotel cannot sustain the whole family’s basic needs; food, rent and school requirements. The family live in a one room rented house, paying 2,000 ksh (£15) per month. They have one double bed which they all share. This year we were able to help the family to pay off some school debts for the girls and soon, with your help, we hope to build them a house of their own.
HARUN & FAMILY
Harun is 18 years old and is in Form 4 at St. Peters Secondary School, Iten. He has been of great support to our Iten football team as a promising goalkeeper. He has dreams of being a journalist and professional goalkeeper. He comes from a humble background where his family face a lot of challenges that hinder his chances in education.
He lives in a small one-room rental house with his mum, dad and two brothers; Badiru and Mahiri. Within the small space they have a kitchen area, a wooden sofa, a bed for the parents and a single bed the 3 boys share with little space to move around. Their parents are not financially stable as they depend mostly on casual work which can earn around 200ksh (£1.50) per day. Dad Evans repairs shoes while mum Yasmin sells vegetables. Their situation is challenging in many ways. On multiple occasions they have been locked out of their rental home and are forced to spend night in neighbours’ houses. Many times the two younger boys are sent home from school due to a lack of fees and the children often go without food for a day at a time.
A sample itinerary can be found below.
- Guests arrive any time into Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
- Transportation to hotel in Nairobi - dinner, bed & breakfast included
- Internal flight to Eldoret and drive to Iten
- Check in to Hotel
- Visit GEF village/building site and the 4 families we will be building for
- Building houses
- Officially open new houses
- Internal flight to Nairobi - Check in to hotel for 2 night
- Relax by pool at hotel
- Optional activities
- David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
- Giraffe Centre
- Fly home after 10pm
- Depart Hotel 8am
- 7 hour drive to Maasai Mara
- Check into the camp
- Evening game drive
- Full day game drive and sunset (weather dependant)
- Depart camp 9am for 6-7 hour drive with lunch stop
- Arrive back at Nairobi - Fly home after 10pm
This optional 3 day safari costs £575.
A comprehensive information document can be provided on request covering everything that you need to know including costs for each of the above itinerary options. Please get in touch with any questions, to sign up or to receive the full information document.
We welcome companies or individuals that may be in a position to sponsor elements of the building work or team t-shirts. Company sponsors are a huge support and help us to purchase timber, windows, doors, metals, land and tools to complete the build.