Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)

Kenya’s (2007) election was closely contested between two very strong candidates, the former president Mwai Kibaki and the former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga. The results, declaring Mr. Kibaki as the winner, were contested bitterly and as a result, violence that took ethnic dimensions broke out.

Ethnic communities that were considered “strangers” or settlers in certain areas, were forcefully evicted and their houses burnt. As a result, 1,133 people were killed and 630,000 people displaced from their homes and moved to regions where they felt safer.

Since then, some families have moved back to their homes while others have continued to live in camps for fear of fresh attacks in their original homes.

In order to help the displaced families restart their lives, the Government gave funds to enable displaced people purchase materials to reconstruct their homes. One such group based in Maai Mahiu used this money to collectively buy a piece of land which they subdivided equally amongst themselves with the intention of permanently settling in this new location. They then began contacting organizations to help them construct houses.

As part of its core mandate of helping communities in need build homes and build hope, HFH Kenya has partnered with the Maai Mahiu Displaced Peoples Community to construct 335 houses that will shelter 335 families and enable them to move from their tents that are now tattered, leak heavily when it rains and are not suitable for human habitation.

These families will only be required to provide their sweat equity (labor) as they currently do not have livelihood means to enable them pay back for their houses.

HFH Kenya is looking for individual and corporate donors to help build for the internally displaced people at Maai Mahiu.

One can sponsor construction of a full house at 2,667 dollars (200,000 Kenya Shillings) or give other donations that would lead to the completion of a house.

You can also support the IDP project by sending your donation via MPESA Business Account 506600 or Zain Zap Account 0731107717 (Nick name is "HFHK")

If you have donated to our IDP project through MPESA Business Account, please get in touch with us through this email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange how we can issue a receipt.

We thank you very much for supporting this initiative and may God bless you!

For more information on the internally displaced persons visit the following links

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