Now we need to raise the funds to start building homes for them to live in!
Our exciting and unusual project has proceeded quite slowly, steadily gathering more and more support over time. Without the many generous supporters and donors right from the beginning
giving small amounts as well as some quite large sums, we would never have been able to buy land. We are grateful to all those people and and to charitable and grant-giving bodies in the UK and Kenya
who have believed in this collaborative community approach to enabling people to have decent housing.
|The project has received a huge amount of professional pro bono help at every stage, from house design and layout, preparing and submitting the planning application; two
very dedicated Kenyan graduate engineers have been helping for several years, as well as surveyors; there has been technical, administrative and IT support; people have advised on
publicity and media and there has been help with training in building skills from construction companies - it seems almost an endless list of people and organisations who believe in what we are doing
and want it to succeed.
We have now reached a critical mass, a point where everything is coming together and gathered momentum. We can see that we shall be able to start constructing the houses very soon. There will be as much self-build as possible and community members will also undertake other tasks to help move things along, as they have done throughout. But we need professional contractors as well and we have to buy materials and services for the houses.
The total estimated cost of the self-build project is £300,000.
Anything you can spare will make a great difference to the MWAMKO families and their hope for new homes.
Commonwealth Housing Trust UK Registered Charity 110212