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Dreams were shattered -- houses and belongings, schools and small businesses were destroyed -- when post-election violence erupted in Kenya in January 2008. Eight hundred people were killed and over 255,000 displaced.

The violence highlighted the critical importance of land and housing issues. Rooftops Canada and its partners are responding to the desperate poverty, the land-grabbing and the miserable housing conditions that undermine stability and economic growth in Kenya. Find out about our Canadian campaign.
The National Cooperative Housing Union (NACHU) of Kenya became Rooftops Canada’s first overseas partner in 1984. NACHU, made up of 220 housing cooperatives with over 200,000 members, helps low-income communities to secure tenure and improve their shelter and livelihoods. It pays particular attention to the needs of women and youth.
NACHU is breaking new ground in the field of housing micro-finance. It helps develop members’ savings and provides step-by-step loans to buy land, install basic infrastructure, build new housing, improve existing houses or start up small businesses.
Recognizing the devastating effects of the pandemic, NACHU was quick to address HIV and AIDS. Over 350 trained co-op members now provide HIV and AIDS-related education and services to the cooperative housing sector.
We are very proud to announce that Mary Mathenge, General Manager of our longest standing partner, the National Cooperative Housing Union of Kenya, was selected as one of five leaders in development profiled by the Ontario Council for International Cooperation during this year's International Development Week. Click here to see the profile
NACHU plays an important leadership role in Kenya through the Shelter Forum, and among housing co-ops in Eastern and Southern Africa through its partnership with Rooftops Canada.
Rooftops Canada also supports the Mazingira Institute based in Nairobi. Mazingira oversees Operation Firimbi, a national campaign to stop illegal land-grabbing and forced evictions that received a Scroll of Honour from UN Habitat in 2000. Mazingira also coordinates the Settlements Information Network Africa, which promotes regional networking and information exchange among over 500 African organizations.
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