Habitat for Humanity Kenya and KCB Foundation Signs MoU for collaboration to build houses for the vulnerable
Habitat for Humanity Kenya and KCB Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Collaboration that will enable low-income and vulnerable groups to access decent and affordable housing. Through this partnership, at least 20 houses will be constructed annually for the low-income and vulnerable who include widows, orphans , the disabled in rural areas of Homa Bay, Laikipia, Tana River, Kisumu and Machakos Counties.
Speaking during the signing of MoU Mr. Frank Ireri, the Board chair for Habitat for Humanity noted that this partnership will bring hope to the hopeless in line with Habitat’s mission of seeking to put God’s love into action, and bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
“The housing problem remains a big challenge in Kenya and for the last 40 years Habitat for Humanity Kenya has been able to bring positive changes in the lives of many households, I am glad that KCB Foundation has partnered with us in this worthy cause,’’ added Frank.
The partnership will also have a component of capacity building targeting youths to train them on appropriate and cost-effective building technologies and alternative livelihoods over the next 5 years through 2jiajiri program targeting 18–35-year-olds.
The KCB Foundation Chief of Party Caroline Wanjeri noted that the training programme will be fully sponsored and the youths will benefit from placement at the local TVETs , internships opportunities, mentorship and the required tools for the various trades. The programme will be launched in Kenya and later replicated in other 8 African countries where Habitat for Humanity works.
Through this collaboration, KCB staff will contribute as volunteers in build activities to provide sweat equity as part of social responsibility programme in promotion of access to housing for low-income and vulnerable households. The staff will join the build events as part of corporate social responsibility to participate in the actual construction of the houses.