British house building volunteers in Kenya finish project a day ahead of target

Gathimba Edwards Foundation house building
The Gathimba Edwards Foundation volunteers from Stewart Milne with one of the newly built houses. Photo: Facebook/GathimbaEdwardsFoundation

The British volunteers who have joined this year’s Gathimba Edwards Foundation House Building mission have completed their project a day early.

Monday was day seven of their eight day mission to build four houses and the opening ceremony for the dwellings took place yesterday.

Following a round of dances, the house opening ceremonies began.

The Ekele family house was opened by Brother Colm in memory of Caroline’s great friend Cheryl.

Mercy Kiplimo’s family home was opened by Bethwell Birgen in memory of Keith Weir, the father of volunteer Chelsea Weir.

Viki and Naita’s house was opened by Mary Keitany in memory of Mama Teddy who sadly passed away earlier this year. 

Finally, Christine and her family’s home was opened by project manager Darren Cocker.

This house was built in memory of Darren’s grandmother Aggie who was a proud supporter of the Aberdeen based charity.

Following the completion of the houses, the volunteers will travel back to Nairobi where they have the option of going on a safari in Naivasha or visiting the Giraffe Centre before presentations take place on Thursday. On Friday the team will visit the Masai Market, the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and the Bomas before some return home.

For those who chose to extend their stay, they will go on a 3-day Masai Mara safari before flying back to the UK on Monday.

For more photographs from this year’s building project, check out the Gathimba Edwards Foundation Facebook page and if you would like to be involved in future missions, visit the charity’s website for details.

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