WHO WE ARE

Commonwealth Housing Group Kenya (CHG) is a nonprofit that provides decent and secure homes to marginalized communities living in deplorable conditions.

Currently, our main project is the rehousing of the 25 Mwamko families, comprising 180 individuals, living in Korogocho slums, Nairobi, Kenya.

Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission: To empower and transform the lives of marginalized communities in urban slums through skills development and relocation to decent and safe settlements.

Our Vision: Improved housing, dignified lives.

We Believe

We believe a decent home is not only a right but also has the power to transform lives. When a family has a secure and stable home, they are able to improve their livelihood, pull themselves out of poverty and build robust communities.

Our Core Values

  • Humility & Integrity
  • Partnership & Inclusivity
  • Empowerment & Sustainability

Our Story

Mwamko is born

2004

CHT Trustees under leadership of Dr. Clifford Dann commissions a study in Kenya on Community Based Housing Initiatives.

 

2005

  • CHT recommends formation and mobilization of a community based housing initiative based in slum.

A group of 25 families living in Korogocho Slum, Nairobi, come together to begin the journey to securing decent homes for their families, away from the Slum

2006

  • Mwamko group is founded and registered as a self-help group bringing together 25 families from Korogocho Slum, Nairobi Kenya.
  • Mwamko SHG starts savings and mobilizing funds towards realization of their vision, owning decent homes for dignified lives.
  • CHT trustee Toby Kent, Makes a visit to Mwamko SHG as part of CHT due diligence process.

2007

  • Clifford Dann while in a visit to Kenya meets to the Mwamko group to assess their needs in terms of housing.

2008

  • CHT trustees under the leadership of Dr. Clifford Dann, agrees to support and adopt Mwamko Housing Project as their pilot project in Nairobi.
  • A Journey to Identify suitable and genuine land for re-settlement housing scheme begins.

2009

  • Clifford Dann visits Mwamko SHG from time to time while on visits to Kenya. He motivates and encourages Mwamko SHG members to stay together in order to realize their housing vision.

Commonwealth Housing Group (CHG) comes on board

2011

  • CHG is officially registered as a community based organization (CBO) in Kenya. Dr. Clifford Dann becomes an ex – official to provide technical support to CHG.
  • After so many years of exhaustive process of looking for a suitable and genuine land, a two acre site is identified for purchase – Dr. Clifford Dann of CHT leads the process of carrying out due diligence on the land.
  • CHG, through a grant by London-based Commonwealth Housing Trust (CHT), purchase two (2) acres of land where the Mwamko Families will be re-housed.

2012

  • Land is officially acquired with financial assistance from CHT.

2013

  • Land registration is delayed due to bureaucracies at the Ministry of Lands Kenya.

2015

  • CHG, courtesy of a grant from UN-Habitat, train 25 Mwamko youths on construction-related skills.

 

2016

  • Land registration with the relevant authorities including Ministry of Lands completed

2017

  • CHG develops the layout and design for the re-housing project in collaboration with Mwamko members and Commonwealth Housing Trust (CHT), London. The plan is approved by the Nairobi County Planning Development.

 

2018

  • A hydro-geological surveyor establishes the availability of groundwater on the purchased two-acre land.
  • Project planing permission is approved  by planing department Nairobi City County  Government

 

2019

  • Latter Day Saints (LDS) Charity supports the construction of a Septic tank, Water and Sewerage Pipeline.
  • Lotto foundation funds the construction of a water tower at the building site.
  • Public well-wishers donate Ksh 100,000 towards the purchase of building blocks
  • Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) extends a grant of Ksh 650,000 for the purchase of building blocks.

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