Build houses in Kenya volunteer

Kenya House Building Trip

Since 2014 we have built 43 homes for 188 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:

  • July/August 2022 (Covid-19 restrictions depending)

Each year, this unique opportunity to build houses in Kenya, offers you the trip of a lifetime.  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.

The standard 14-day trip package costs £1,200 and includes:

Accommodation 
Internal flight
Minibus transport
Airport pick up
In-country 24 hour volunteer support
Pre-departure and visa support
Meals and water

Please note that this do not include international flights, visas or vaccinations. A sample itinerary can be found below.

Days 1-3
  • 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
Days 4-10
  • Building houses
Days 11-14
  • 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
Optional 3 day Masai Mara safari: Days 15-17
  • 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.

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.

A new house would certainly keeps those smiles and hope burning bright!

 

MAMA RENCY & FAMILY

Mama Rency lives in a single room rental house with her four young girls.  She works long shifts on building sites where she is paid up to 300ksh (£2) per day; and so affording basic needs is a huge challenge.  Her youngest daughter, Joy, is a toddler and so she also has to pay someone to look after her for half a day until the older children come home from school and take over.

Her 3 other daughters, Miriam aged 15, Rency aged 12 and Valentine aged 6, were previously constantly at risk of being sent home from school due to school fee debts that had accrued.  Thanks to 3 individuals who sponsor them each month, the girls are now in school full-time without fear of being sent home.

We would love to build a new home for them so that they have the living space they deserve.

HARUN & FAMILY

Harun is 20 years old and recently completed secondary school.  He now attends a local college thanks to the support of his monthly sponsor.  He has dreams of one day being a journalist and also a professional goalkeeper!  He comes from a humble background where his family face a lot of challenges to afford basic needs such as food and rent.

Harun is mum, dad and two brothers; Badiru and Mahiri also live in a small one room rental. 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 work hard but depend mostly on casual work which can earn around 200ksh (£1.33) per day. Dad, Evans, also repairs shoes while mum, Yasmin, sells vegetables.  On multiple occasions they have also been locked out of their rental home by the landlord and are forced to spend nights in neighbours’ houses.  Prior to GEF supporting the boys' education, they were regularly sent home from school due to a lack of fees and the children often went without food for a day at a time.

A new home of their own would mean the world to them!

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