Landmark ‘Home for a Home’ initiative to continue after 100-home milestone reached

Landmark ‘Home for a Home’ initiative to continue after 100-home milestone reached

News: 25 June 2022

‘Home for a Home’, the initiative launched by Arada and The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF) to provide secure and sanitary homes for refugee families in Kenya, is set to continue after the campaign surpassed expectations during Ramadan. 

Launched in April, the programme saw both Arada and TBHF commit to building a home for a vulnerable family in Kenya for every home that was sold in Arada’s Masaar master community during Ramadan. 

During the Holy Month, Arada sold 109 villas in Masaar, which means that the same number of homes will now be built in the Kalobeyei settlement in northern Kenya, in association with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The initiative is now set to continue into the coming months. 

Ahmed Alkhoshaibi, Group CEO of Arada, said: “While this milestone is an exceptional achievement, providing shelter and safety for more than a hundred families, this is just the start for the Home for a Home initiative. The programme will now continue until we reach the 360-home mark, which will allow us to provide housing for almost 2,000 people.”   

The homes will be built in the Kalobeyei settlement, which is being managed by the UNHCR in collaboration with local authorities. In addition, the initiative will also cover the cost of implementing a sustainable water supply system that will provide 100,000 litres of water a week to both refugees and the host community living in the surrounding area. 

Arada’s partners for the campaign are THBF, founded in 2015 to protect and empower vulnerable children and their families in disadvantageous situations around the world , and UNHCR, a global organisation that is dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. 

Developed on the requirement for a different and more sustainable approach to refugee assistance programming in Kenya, the overall objective of the Kalobeyei settlement is to improve socio-economic conditions of both the refugees and the host community.