A focus on the lives of people in rural Kenya. Features a family building a home made from materials sourced locally, including sticks and mud. Also includes an introduction to the Maasai nomads.

First broadcast:
18 May 2007

After watching this clip, students could discuss why the Maasai mud huts would be unsuitable in the UK (high rainfall, very cold winters) and also why they are suitable for use in rural Kenya. Students could think of alternative materials that could be used for making the huts, to make them more suitable for the weather and climate in the UK. They could even try out some of their ideas by making miniature models using sticks and mud.

Alternatively, students could compare and contrast houses from different countries (for example Russia, West Indies, Greece) and identify how the different climates affect the design of the houses. For example: houses in Greece are whitewashed three times a year to keep them cool, as the white colour reflects the heat of the sun away. This information could be brought together in the form of a wall display with images.