Kenya sent a three-member delegate to attend a comprehensive training program on capacity and capability enhancement at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) from 21-26 June 2015 to learn integrated solutions to fulfill the housing needs of the various income groups in Kenya.

The participants which include Mr. John Barasa Munyasia, Country Executive Committee Member; Mr. Evans Juma Fwamba, Country Chief Officer; and Mr. Joseph Ben Ofuwa, Housing Officer  were trained on the manufacturing of interlocking bricks and building construction technology developed at Habitech Center in AIT.

The training program is part of the package which also include a supply of one set of Manual Brick Press machines to be shipped to Kenya and a step by step process for the design of a comprehensive housing scheme. This quality professional capacity building program focused on classroom and hands-on training approach related to providing affordable housing solutions.

 1The six-day training program enabled participants to get an overview on providing housing solutions and aspects related to design and planning as well as learning about the production process for the manufacturing of interlocking bricks by operating the Habitech Machinery. The program covered a systematic method on construction of a house using interlocking bricks.

The participants were briefed in detail about the many challenges that are posed such as minimizing costs, ensuring affordability of the target groups and making sure that the project is financially and economically viable. AIT Consulting assisted the participants in designing a Housing Scheme which included but is not limited to the selection of target groups, construction technology currently being used, the financial mechanism and model adopted, long term sustainability, disaster resilience, affordability and costs associated with the projects.