Kipsongo Housing Project

The team’s collaborative project page for the Kipsongo Housing Project is at the Open Architecture Network.

Kipsongo slum house
Current housing in Kipsongo, built from trash

The Kipsongo Housing Project is an initiative by the Ambassadors for Sustained Health (ASH) to provide better housing for the residents of the Kipsongo slums that will contribute to improving individual and community health.

From their executive summary: “Ambassadors for Sustained Health aims to diminish the barriers to health care for those living in extreme poverty. We approach health in its broadest definition, both at the individual and community level.”

ASH has realized that in order to control and maintain diseases and infections that plague this area, the living conditions of the people must be addressed. One of the major problems the project is intended to address is infestation by jiggers, a small flea that embeds itself into people’s skin, causing pain, infection, disfigurement, and eventually impairs mobility.

Currently, the residents of the Kipsongo slums live in houses constructed on Kitale’s former municipal dumping ground. The houses are made of plastic bags, scrap tarps and anything usable that the residents can find.

The goal of the Kipsongo Housing Project is to develop a sustainable housing prototype made of local materials that can be easily constructed by the Kipsongo residents without major outside assistance. In addition, the prototype should contribute to ASH’s overall health efforts.

The team is currently researching Kitale, the slums, and resources available. A couple of people have met with the Grassroots Mapping folks from MIT to discuss how to use their system of balloon aerial photography to map the slums.

Posts on the AfHB website mentioning the project are categorized as Kipsongo Housing Project.