Local Habitat volunteers travel to Kenya to build a house

April 18, 2017

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Consolata Odongo Otana is 69-year-old widow living in Homa Bay, Kenya. Her family has been devastated by the HIV pandemic, which took all 10 of her children and left behind her four grandchildren, who are under her care. She makes her living babysitting neighbors' children. The family lives in a small, mud-walled house that has no ventilation. The roof is also leaking. Their water source is a kilometer away, and they have no toilet. The mud house they live in has only two rooms, meaning both the bedroom and living room serves multiple purposes for their housing needs. During the rainy season and at night, the living room converts into the family’s kitchen where they cook using firewood.

12 Habitat volunteers from the Lansing area have traveled to Kenya to help Consolata's dreams of a safe, decent home become a reality.

On day two of the project, the Habitat crew and local volunteers completed the house's foundation! Follow along on our Facebook page for more stories and pictures of the Global Village trip.

Thank you to the Global Village trip sponsors:



Dean Trailways

Lansing Rotary Club


Buffalo Wild Wings

Kolt Communications


Fly Lansing Concierge Travel Center

GUD Marketing

Lansing Chamber of Commerce

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