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Barclays employees have raised KES1,777,000 (more than £13,500) to help the charity Habitat for Humanity build houses for disadvantaged families in Kenya.

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I am delighted for what Barclays has done for me and have no words to describe the joy. It is overwhelming that total strangers can come over, spend the whole day just to build a house for me.
Mary Wanjiru, 25, beneficiary of funds raised by Barclays Kenya employees.

Barclays employees have raised KES1,777,000 (more than £13,500) to help the charity Habitat for Humanity build houses for disadvantaged families in Kenya.

The beneficiaries were displaced by post-election violence which took place in the East African country three years ago.

More than 120 Barclays volunteers, led by Nick Mbuvi, Director of Corporate Banking, Barclays Kenya, also travelled to the town to Mai Mahiu to help build the houses.

There are three rooms in each house, built with durable construction material.

Nick said: “Barclays is not just about banking.

“We strive to serve the communities that we operate in and with particular focus on uplifting the lives of those that we interact with both at a professional and personal level.”

Koome Kiragu, Chairman of Habitat for Humanity Kenya, added: “We have since 2009 been working with 335 families displaced by the post-election violence of 2007 and 2008.

“These families, who in spite of the trauma and displacement, had the presence of mind to come together, form self-help groups, pool together KSH35,000 each to purchase land to restart their lives in Mai Mahiu.”

Mary Wanjiru, 25, is a beneficiary of the funds raised by Barclays Kenya employees and concluded: “I am delighted for what Barclays has done for me and have no words to describe the joy.

“It is overwhelming that total strangers can come over, spend the whole day just to build a house for me.

“Now we will have a proper roof over our heads where we can sleep peacefully without piling up in a shack.”

Barclays Kenya will continue to support these families by offering help in accessing clean water, sanitation and education opportunities.

The efforts of Barclays Kenya employees in raising funds and building houses for displaced families is part of Charity Begins at Work, a community investment programme in which colleagues volunteer their time and skills to benefit local communities.

Barclays supports employees’ initiatives by providing work time and grants for volunteering and matched fundraising.

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