Dow has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Kenya to provide decent houses to Internally Displaced families in Rumuruti, Laikipa County.
A ground breaking ceremony for three houses supported by Dow recently took place and completion is expected within two months.
These homes are part of a program of 25 to be built by Habitat for Humanity in a settlement area set aside by the County Government for victims of conflicts in Laikipia and adjacent Counties. So far, 19 homes have been completed and handed over to new homeowners.
“Every family has the right to live a decent place to live,” said Dave Govender, managing director for Dow in East Africa.
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“We are very proud of this partnership with like-minded organisations whose aim is to provide proper housing for internally displaced persons.”
During the ground-breaking ceremony, Dow employees and Habitat for Humanity board of Directors laid foundation for two homes and the 25 beneficiaries families identified with the local community received 100 mattresses donated by the mattress manufacturer Superfoam Ltd, one of the key customers of Dow.
“We worked with the local community by supporting them in financial literacy campaign and advocacy on land and housing rights to enable families overcome barriers to decent shelter,” said Zak Lolpejalai, national director for Habitat for Humanity in Kenya. “Families without proper shelter are at high health risk of diseases such as malaria, respiratory infections, and jigger infestation due to lack for decent housing. The vulnerable, in particular women, children, persons living with disabilities, the elderly, and orphans, are affected the most.”
Dow has been partnering with Habitat for Humanity Kenya since July 2016, to provide support to Laikipia Orphans and Vulnerable children through housing and the supply of WASH provision. To date, the project provided 50 two- or three-bedroom housing units, including well-ventilated pit latrine, rain water harvesting system and 2,000 litre water tank to families. In 2017, Dow supported the construction of six two-bedroom housing units in Nanyuki.
According to reports it is estimated the housing deficit in Kenya stands at 2 million and continues to grow at a rate of about 200,000 units a year.
Dow’s commitment in Kenya builds on a global partnership with Habitat for Humanity that spans more than 35 years and includes financial, product and employee volunteer contributions. Through this global partnership, both Dow and Habitat share a common vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Dow was Habitat’s first national corporate partner in 1983 and became its first international partner in 1993.
During those three decades, Dow has supported the construction or renovation of 55,000 homes around the world to help build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.