Over 60 families in Laikipia County have benefited from free modern houses constructed by Habitat for Humanity Kenya in a plan to give needy families a better place to live.
The families have also been put under a cash transfer program where they will receive Ksh 3,000 per month for upkeep to deal with the hardships brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at Kandutura in Rumuruti where some of the beneficiaries are located, Habitat for Humanity Country Director Ruth Odera said that the major aim of this project is to see needy families who were living in deplorable conditions be uplifted.
Odera said that they will work with all partners including the county government to make sure that this happens so that construction can resume.
Board Chairman Koome Kiragu said that they are involving locals in construction of the low-income houses in a bid to train them and transfer skills.
Kiragu said that after the COVID-19 pandemic is over they will enter into another face of construction where more families will benefit noting that the organization has so far spent over Ksh 60 million for the house project in Laikipia.
He said that they will reintroduce the Global Village system where partners from foreign countries under the organization come in to assist in building and also training where they leaving construction equipment behind for use by the community.
The beneficiaries expressed satisfaction noted that since the pandemic struck, they lost their jobs and only have the assistance from the organization to rely on.
The same project is being undertaken at Segera ward in Laikipia North where Mukima Secondary School which was fully constructed under this program is situated.