House building begins. Project Manager Abdi Mohammed (right) discusses plans with (R to L) MWAMKO team member Tom Mboya, CHG Chair Harrison Kwach, Safety Officer Clement Were and builder Peter Shivanda
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The Commonwealth Housing Trust alongside the Commonwealth Housing Group Kenya and MWAMKO, a community group, are setting off together on the main stretch of what has already been a long journey.
The MWAMKO families have been very patient and have worked loyally as a group for more than fifteen years, looking forward to building their new homes. Many of the young family members have new skills thanks to training arranged by the project. Now they use them to build their future, with other family members playing their part in various support roles.
The first real progress on the two acres of land bought for the project was installing the water and sewerage infrastructure. Now the first five houses are all close to completion. The construction work is very motivating and very rewarding. Everyone has learned a lot.
However, there is still a great deal to do.We are very aware that work is still to begin on twenty of the promised houses and further infrastructure has still to be developed and installed.
What has been clearly shown is that the overall project is good, the independent CHG management team is working well, as are the internal controls, advisers and external supervision they have in place. Our CHT Liaison Sub-committee has regular discussions with the CHG Board representatives.
This is a sound, well-run and sustainable project.
We are inviting other like-minded partners to join us at this point in the road and share the rest of the journey with us. When it is over, the families settled, we hope that in making this model a reality, we will together inspire other such journeys to be taken by those who see the special nature of what we are doing.
If you would like to join us in making the MWAMKO dream a reality, please read on to see the many ways you can donate.
Ways to Donate:
Donations may be made by bank transfer:
Account Name: Commonwealth Housing Trust
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Account Number: 33641011
Please add your surname to the transfer as a reference.
If preferred, donations can be made by cheque and posted to the CHT Head Office address. Please make all cheques payable to Commonwealth Housing Trust and send to:
Commonwealth Housing Trust, 6 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NW