What We Do

The Challenge

Korogocho Slum is one of the most densely populated informal settlements in Kenya. It is home to approximately 200,000 people living in a 1.5 square kilometre piece of land located next to the city’s main garbage dumping site (Dandora dumpsite).

The families in Korogocho live in deplorable conditions of extreme poverty. They lack decent housing with proper water supply, sanitation, solid waste management, electricity and infrastructure. Add high levels of drug abuse, insecurity, unemployment and illiteracy and the families are locked in a seemingly never-ending cycle of hopelessness.

We can change this. With your help, we can restore the dignity and hope of the families in Korogocho.

Commonwealth Housing Mutual Help Group Korogocho Slum Nairobi

Our Intervention

While we cannot wave a magic wand and have decent homes for all the 200,000+ people living in Korogocho Slum right away, we believe gradual progress is possible.

It is for this reason that CHG has joined hands with a Korogocho-based CBO Mwamko to roll out the pilot project, which will provide safe and decent homes to 26 families (impacting 180 people) currently living in Korogocho.

We have already purchased land strategically located on the outskirts of Nairobi and are now looking to raise by December 2019 to kick-off the building phase of the project.

How We Do IT

Providing decent and safe housing to the poorest communities is the foundation of our work, but we also appreciate that it takes more than just bricks and mortar for a community to thrive.

That is why CHG takes a holistic, sustainable and long-term approach, providing a model that looks to equip the rehoused families with the capacity to thrive in their new homes and communities.

WE IDENTIFY

We identify and support community-led housing initiatives founded by marginalized families who aspire to live in decent, safer and healthier homes and communities. This ensures total buy-in and commitment by the families themselves.

WE PARTNER

We come on board as partners and rope in like-minded, strategic organisations, institutions and individuals to support financially and/or in-kind towards topping up what the community-led initiative has already managed to fundraise.

WE EMPOWER

We equip the families with income-generating and employability skills that they can apply to sustain themselves and build thriving communities after they relocate to their new homes/