Safe housing

Funding required: $169,385.13 This initiative will help: 149 families from 11 centres across four regions of Kenya Estimated completion date: July 2018

Give families in Kenya the gift of secure shelter.

From his mud house, on top of the cliff, George could see his entire village. His family’s one-room hut may have only had a dirt floor and grass roof, but it was still home. Suddenly, during a severe flood, the earth underneath the house gave in. George still remembers the terror he felt as his house toppled and fell into the valley below. George, his parents and three siblings escaped just before the house crumbled. His family lost more than their house and their belongings that day—they also lost their sense of security. George tries to be brave, but he wonders where he will live, how he will do his homework, and how he will make it to his Compassion centre. This past May, torrential rains caused deadly flooding and landslides in coastal and eastern regions of Kenya. Before the flood people were already struggling to survive, with most families making about $1 a day. Along with their homes, many also lost livestock and chickens, and along with them, their livelihood. These families now live in basic, temporary shelters, but they don’t stand up well to the wind and rain. During heavy rains, some families leave to stay with relatives, but this disrupts life for children and creates overcrowding. Others stay and try to repair their houses with sheets of plastic, but this does little to prevent the mud walls and floors from crumbling. Those who remain in these damp conditions suffer from skin and stomach infections, as well as mosquito-borne diseases like malaria. You can help provide stable, permanent houses for families like George’s that are built to withstand heavy rains. Houses will consist of two bedrooms and a living room area to provide adequate privacy for each family. Appropriate guttering and drainage will also be built to protect against future flooding. Permanent housing will provide security, while also improving the social structure of the home, which will give children the chance to grow and thrive in a stable environment.

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.