Only 4 miles (6 km) from the thriving African city of Nairobi is one of the world’s biggest slums, a place with little sanitation, employment or hope for the future. Kibera is a world unto its own, a seething mass of humanity squeezed into one square mile of land. No one is sure how many people live there, but it is estimated to be between 1 million and 1.5 million people.

Residents of Kibera live there because it is the only place they can afford to live in the expensive city of Nairobi. Most pay a rent of $10 to $15 per month in the mud plastered rooms 10 ft square — and even that is a struggle for families trying to survive on a dollar a day. For that rent, families of 5-10 people share a one-room shack. It’s a place that has to be experienced to be understood. It’s almost impossible to describe what it’s like to walk on streets made of packed garbage, to see the homes made of cast-off materials and to watch children playing near open sewage. The only toilet facilities available charge for use, so the infamous ‘flying toilet’ is the only solution. Waste is deposited in plastic bags and flung as far from home as is possible. There is no official electricity supply into Kibera, and no clean water. After a heavy rain the alleyways between homes are mud, and at night time women and children especially are at constant threat of the worst possible violations. … even amongst a million people crammed in on themselves, you are on your own. But Kibera is not without hope. Even though the Government of Kenya does little for those who are forced to live in slums, many residents do all they can to help themselves, and to help their neighbors. Community groups, small businesses run by widows, and a strong spirit of sharing are also part of Kibera. The brighter aspects of Kibera are especially found in those who focus on serving the vulnerable children of the slums. Havilla childrens centre dream was born by few volunteers who had a heart to support vulnerable children get –Education,Food,clothing and medical . With help from friends around the world, there is always hope for the children within Kibera.

 

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