The build has begun!

A  brief update ahead of a more reflective blog…

Im back behind the wheel after my six month PULSE assignment. Returning to life in Melbourne is an odd feeling. It feels like I have had a life time of change while on secondment, but its also a little like I’ve only been gone a week. Before I start my deep dive reflections on my PULSE experience, I wanted to share an update on the house build I mentioned in my last blog.

As some of you will recall late last year I befriended a family through a friend I met hiking. Parents to three young children, both Rahab and Karitu were left severely disabled after contracting polio in their youth and were being evicted from the rehabilitation and disability centre in regional Kenya – a place they had called home for nearly 20 years. Shiku, myself and some big-hearted and humble humans made it our mission help this young family by building them a new house. Many of you gave generously to help us achieve our fundraising goal in order to cover the costs of labor and materials.

It gives me great pride to say your donations have gone a long way and work on the new house began last week. Through her organisation Sports For Change, Shiku gathered students to help with some of the heavy ‘lifting and shifting’.  Her sass, determination and drive meant not only did foundations get laid for the house, but a group of eager and energetic young people – all of whom have been sponsored by Sports for Change – had an opportunity to bond and make a difference.

We have some way to go before the house is ready to move in to, but thanks to plenty of very generous donors and the collective effort of those in the photos, the build has officially begun.

On behalf of myself and Shiku and this beautiful family, a million thank yous to those who donated so generously. We are well on our way to making home and a lasting difference for a family in need.

Asante sana!

If you are interested in supporting you can make an online donation by visiting the ONLINE GIVING PAGE. If you are in Australia, the US or UK you can make a donation using PayPal by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.


  1. Wonderful to see this progress – well done Alicia for your part in making such a difference for this family.

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