Habitat for Humanity volunteers reflect on their impact in Kenya


Over the past five years the WLNS 6 News has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity Capitol Region. This partnership is helping build homes for families here and around the world. 

In 2017, habitat took a trip to Africa in order to help a family in need there and Sheri Jones went along as a volunteer. We took a look back at the impact this habitat trip made on their lives in just a few days.

One woman and her four grandchildren lived in a small house made of mud in Kenya and it only had two rooms.

Habitat for Humanity Capitol Region President Vicki Hamilton-Allen said, “It couldn’t have been more than 200 square feet.”

There was no ventilation, a leaky roof and dirt floors. Hamilton-Allen remembers stepping inside the home for the first time with tears. 

“There was very little air,” said Hamilton-Allen. “There was no light and the children laid on the dirt floor to sleep with just some thread bare blankets.”

The habitat team with 12 volunteers, including our own Sheri Jones went to work.

 “Investing one week of what habitat for humanity calls, “sweat equity” to help improve the lives of future generations,” Jones said back in 2017.

Habitat Volunteers Charlie Breneman remembers now know what to expect when arriving in Kenya, but he did know, “We were gonna build a four room house with a cement floor and we were gonna do it all by hand.”

The volunteers didn’t do this work alone.

“The whole village helped us,” said Breneman. “It was men, women and children and that’s a little bit unusual and we were really proud to present ourselves in a manner that they felt like they could work with us and contribute to Consolata’s home.”

Hamilton-Allen was able to go back to Kenya a year later and see how the home looked one it was finished and see how the family was doing.”

“The transformation was visible in her appearance, she seemed to be glowing,” Hamilton-Allen said. “She was radiating with joy, she recognized us and even remembered a couple of names from the team, it was incredible and the children are growing and they have school uniforms now and it’s just life changing.”

Since the habitat group was only there for a few days, they didn’t finish building the home. They left work for people in the village to finish. This gave them a job and a chance to make money for their family.

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