Work begins on British charity house building project in Karatina

Gathimba Edwards Foundation House Building
Paul and Myles hard at work. Photo: Facebook/GathimbaEdwardsFoundation

British charity volunteers have begun work on the construction of two new homes for families in Karatina, Kenya.

After arriving in the East African country, the twenty-five were taken to meet the people who would directly benefit from their work on Sunday, before work construction began yesterday under the watchful eye of volunteer project manager Darren Cocker.

This trip has been organised by Aberdeen based charity Gathimba Edwards Foundation, and thanks to the fundraising of the 25 guests, they have been able to buy an acre of land and building materials for the project.

Last year, 25 volunteers built five houses in just nine days for families in Iten.  Thanks to their amazing efforts, 25 children were able to move from sleeping on the floor of mud houses to lovely new beds in freshly built timber homes.

This year’s volunteers were tasked before the trip with raising £25,000 to pay for the land and materials for two semi detached, fully furnished houses with electricity and running water. Innovative fund raising endeavours and traditional coffee mornings helped smash this target with the total raised currently at an incredible £33,547.